Contact Us

Booking, Programme and SEND Queries –

Finance Queries –

Strategic Queries –
Phone:  01332 706806

Science Queries –

School Direct Queries /ITE Queries –
Phone: 07712 674 474

Derby Governance Partnership Queries –

CALL US: 01332 706806

FIND US: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Rd, Derby DE73 5UB, UK

WORKING HOURS: Monday – Friday: 8:30am–4pm


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Key Partners

Derby Opportunity Area

Derby Opportunity Area

Science Learning Partnership

STEM Learning UK

Teach Derby

Teach Derby

University of Derby

University of Derby

Our Partners



British Educational Research Association

British Education Research Association

Devonshire Educational Trust

Devonshire Educational Trust

Education Endowment Foundation

Education Endowment Foundation

Inspiring Leaders

Inspiring Leaders

Research Schools Network

Research Schools Network

Teach Derbyshire

Teach Derbyshire

Women Leading in Education

Women Leading in Education



The DTSA Central Team

DTSA is established as a not for profit Charitable Incorporated Company and employs its own central team.

Please see brief biographies of the employed staff below. We are also supported by Sharon Siddons (Governor Training Administration).

Dr Deborah Outhwaite


Dr Deborah Outhwaite, DTSA Director

Having run an Education MA at the Centre for Teacher Education, University of Warwick for the last three years, and having taught on a range of programmes at the University of Derby Deb has spent the last decade educating teachers to Masters level whilst researching the self-improving school system (SISS).

A qualified 11-18 teacher, Deb taught Social Sciences in secondary education for 12 years prior to her university teaching and was an A-Level Government & Politics examiner for European Politics. Her Education Doctorate was on Educational Leadership in the IB, and was awarded in 2017.

Deb co-convenes the Leadership Preparation and Development Research Interest Group (RIG) for BELMAS, and she is an elected member of BELMAS Council. Deb is a former elected member of IPDA’s International Committee, and is a Parent Governor and Trustee in an 11-18 Derbyshire comprehensive school.

Deb is passionate about the opportunities afforded by the SISS and the OA, and having lived in Derbyshire for a decade, she is delighted to be back facilitating the support that schools need.

Strategic Queries –

DTSA SEND Director Alistair Crawford

Alistair Crawford

SEND Director

Alistair has worked in local specialist schools for over 10 years as a teacher and senior leader. In that time he has supported a great number of schools as a specialist leader of education impacting positively on outcomes for students with additional needs across the region. In recent years Alistair has sat on the board of national charity EQUALS as a trustee and has enjoyed supporting national conferences and the development of learning materials for colleagues in the SEND sector. Alistair is delighted to be back working with Derby city schools and leading our SEND offer at the DTSA.

Anna Cummings

DTSA Finance and HR Manager

Anna has over twenty years experience in the education and financial sector. With a background in teaching both Finance and Mathematics in Secondary and Further Education including winning awards from IPPM, World Skills and IAB for her personal financial accolades as well as her teaching.

Anna also works as an examiner for AQA at Secondary level on GCSE Mathematics and brings her expertise to DTSA.

Anna works full-time and manages all DTSA Finance and HR matters while also administering our STEM Science Learning Partnership programmes and courses.

Finance Queries –

Lauren Derbyshire

Project Officer

Lauren qualified from Derby University in 2002 with a combined honours degree in HR, Business Management and Career Management. She has over 15 years experience in the education sector organising major events and conferences having started her career working in the Education CPD team in the Local Authority and progressed to being Programme Officer.

Lauren went on to help form Derby Schools Learning Partnership and develop all the back office systems that saw the partnership flourish before it developed to become DTSA.

Project Queries

Hannah Barker

Programme Officer

Hannah has worked in marketing and publishing for over 15 years and manages the administration for the family business. She has been a Parent Governor for a primary school, Parent Member of the Babington Children’s Centre Advisory Board and is also a bookbinding tutor in her spare time.

Hannah has worked with us since August 2017 as Events Administrator and combines her business, events, marketing and production experience in her part-time role as recently appointed DTSA Programme Officer.

Booking and Programme Queries –

Frances Vinall

School Direct Programme Officer

Frances has an honours degree in criminology and has lived and studied in West Africa and comes from a Psychiatric Liaison background in the NHS, and Education (training and apprenticeships).

She has worked for DTSA since 2016 on a part-time basis administering all aspects of the School Direct programme from applications and interviewing to programme training support for trainers, trainees and mentors.

Frances maintains a supportive link between The University of Derby and DTSA.

School Direct Queries / ITE Queries –