Merton Special Teaching Alliance

National Teaching Shcool

Leadership Support

The Alliance has a number of experienced leaders who can provide support at different levels; these include Senior Leaders, NLEs (National Leaders of Education) and SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education).

Tina Harvey, Headteacher at Perseid School

Tina Harvey

Tina is the Head of Perseid School in the London Borough of Merton, an outstanding special school for children and young people with severe and profound learning difficulties including those with an additional diagnosis of autism.

Tina has held the post of Head of Perseid School for over 20 years, during which time the school has expanded its roll by 80%, and is now situated over two campuses. Perseid became a specialist school for communication and interaction in April 2009 and was designated a Teaching School (in partnership with Cricket Green school) in April 2012. Perseid School was judged by OFSTED to be Outstanding in 2009, 2012 and 2015.


Tina trained at Birmingham University and holds a Master’s Degree in Childhood Autism, and has spent all of her career working within the special education field. She is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University and a National Leader of Education and a Professional Partner. Tina's particular interests are school improvement including ethical leadership and leadership development at all levels including governance. 

 Celia Dawson, Headteacher at Cricket Green School

Celia Dawson

Celia has worked in special education for her entire career, and took up the Headship of Cricket Green in 2001. Since then, the school has twice been judged as Outstanding by Ofsted.

She is passionate about children and young people with special needs being recognised not by their challenges but by the skills and gifts they bring to schools and society.

Celia has been appointed as a National Leader of Education (NLE) and her current NLE work has focused on whole school reviews, reviews of Leadership and Management teams, challenging school leaders, developing inclusive practice and looking at challenge in Performance Management. 

In addition she delivers Middle Leadership training, offers support to Aspiring Headteachers and has spoken at conferences for FASD and at the International APERA Conference in Hong Kong, presenting on Leadership and Management.

She believes strongly that practice in special schools has much to offer and enhance practice in mainstream schools.

Fiona Copeland, Associate Headteacher at Perseid School

Fiona Copeland Goddard

ITT Lead for Merton Special Teaching Alliance

Fiona is a senior leader at Perseid School, an outstanding special school in the London Borough of Merton. Perseid School meets the needs of pupils aged 3-19 with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties, including those with an additional diagnosis of autism. Fiona has been teaching for 25 years, and has been a school leader for 18 years in both mainstream and special needs settings.

Fiona’s special interests are communication and behaviour support, staff development, coaching and mentoring (she is a trained NLP Practitioner), curriculum development, raising pupil achievement, safeguarding and leading and working in teams. Fiona regularly teaches on Initial Teacher Training programmes with London South Bank University.

Fiona holds a Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs from The University of Birmingham.


Louis Jhugroo, Deputy Headteacher at Cricket Green School

Louis Jhugroo

Louis Jhugroo


Louis Jhugroo is the Deputy Headteacher at Cricket Green School and leads on ITT within the school. He works closely with Perseid to provide high quality training programmes for School Direct students in a range of settings inclusive of tutoring, coaching, CPD, grading, reportage and course design.

Louis is also in charge of ITT students who come to Cricket Green through the School Direct Salaried route in partnership with the education provider - Equalitas. As a recognised Teaching School, Cricket Green offers training placements to a range of universities and education providers for students doing PGCE’s, BA and ITT related courses. This year Cricket Green has arranged placements for over 15 students to support them towards their Qualified Teacher Status.