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Jen Murphy

Director
Rainbow Teaching School Hub

  • Jen has over 16 years teaching experience and has held a number of senior leadership positions including leading the Wade Deacon Trust Teaching School for 7 years. In her current role as Director of the Rainbow Teaching School Hub, covering the Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens region, Jen oversees the coordination of Initial Teacher Training, Early Career Framework, National Professional Qualifications and delivery of quality Professional Learning for colleagues within and beyond the Hub’s region.
  • Jen holds an MA Degree in Education, has completed the NPQ leadership programmes; NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH and is a trained facilitator and assessor for Best Practice Network. As a System Leader for Teaching Schools Council (TSC), she has been at the forefront of initiatives and support programmes designed to progress school improvement across the region and support teachers in the early stages of their career

Sue McEvoy

Co-ordinator
Rainbow Teaching School Hub

  • Sue is an experienced administrator, having worked in a range of project support roles across a variety of industries.  Her expertise lies within development of operational processes, to deliver support services in line with KPIs and customer expectations.  In her role as Hub Co-ordinator, Sue supports all aspects of the Hub’s provision.

Jonathan Nichols

CEO
Rainbow Education MAT

Jonathan is the founding CEO of the Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust, situated in the Mersey City Region.  His role focuses on developing the academy and working closely with the Central Management Team to raise standards and transform the educational experiences for all children.  His career in teaching spans twenty plus years, fifteen of those as a school leader and his teaching experience covers Early Years and Key Stage 1 and 2, across a range of primary schools in the North of England.

The most pivotal experience of his career was the creation of the Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust, which was developed as a result of collaboration and provision of focused school to school support.   The Rainbow MAT serves a diverse and wide-ranging group of seven schools across three different local authorities, including schools that fall into the lowest 5% National Indices of Deprivation, to those situated in affluent communities.

The Rainbow prides itself on delivering a good or better education to all its learners, irrespective of background or circumstances, with the clear vision of ‘each and every child’ at its heart.  Jonathan has overseen the steady expansion of the Rainbow from two to seven schools.

The Rainbow Trust has just been selected as one of eighty-one national Teaching School Hubs and from September 2021, will be serving the region of Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens. The Trust looks forward to positively influencing the educational landscape both regionally and nationally, particularly with the roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) and the development of outstanding practice within the classroom.

As an NLE, Jonathan supports a range of schools beyond the MAT.  Regionally, he is a member of the Lancashire and West Yorkshire Headteacher Board, and he also chairs the Mersey City Region MAT CEO group.  Jonathan represents the Liverpool Diocese at the Northwest/Lancashire and West Yorkshire School Improvement Partnership Board (SIPB).

James Ray

Business Manager
Rainbow Education MAT

James is the Chief Operating Officer for the Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust, situated in the Mersey City Region.  His role focuses on ensuring the Trust complies with all legislative requirements around Finance, Human Resources, GDPR, Estates, Health & Safety and Governance.

James has extensive experience of financial management, having worked for over twenty years in the industry across a range of sectors, including a local authority and a large Merseyside charity.  Initially employed as Management Accountant at the charity, James’ role developed to include management of the charity’s treasury and estates matters.