Why choose Gateway Alliance?

Why choose Gateway Alliance
for your training and development

High-quality learning

We use a comprehensive quality assurance framework to do all we can to ensure that our training programmes and events are of the highest quality. We only use high quality trainers and facilitators who have a track record of exceptional school experience and in developing and delivering high quality CPD opportunities. We always aim to offer the highest quality professional learning programmes and, based on feedback we received last year, 98% of attendees rated our events as good or excellent.

Designed for your needs

As an alliance of schools & academies we are well aware of the challenges that educators currently face. We work hard to ensure that all of our programmes, networks and courses provide relevant, evidence-informed and up to date content in order to support schools to develop their staff effectively to meet the needs of current and future learners.


We work hard to ensure that all of our provision not only has a lasting impact on school staff but is also affordable. We regularly review our prices to ensure we are always competitive and have some great offers and discounts.

Impact in the classroom

As a group of schools we know that there is nothing more frustrating than investing in professional development activities for your staff that don’t impact on your school. We are therefore continually looking to refine and improve our offer, in response to your feedback, to ensure that all of our activities have a practical impact on the practice of those attending, their school and pupils.

Our aims

To enhance teaching and learning and support the delivery of improved outcomes for children
by playing a pivotal role in the school-led system.

Build Trust
be a trusted provider of outstanding professional development for schools across our region and beyond
work with key partners to provide the most effective support to schools across a locality
broker and provide school to school support to ensure that schools we work with can be strong and successful organisations.
engage in research and development activities that contribute to a more evidence based approach to school improvement
provide and broker leadership development opportunities for staff to develop their leadership skills, experience and confidence
build and maintain strong networks to drive sustainable school improvement across our region and beyond

Our partner schools play a key role in the strategic development of our work. If you are interested in working with us, please contact our CEO Helen Martin.

Central Team

Helen Martin
Chief Executive
Helen joined Gateway during its set-up, back in 2012, having previously worked for a national government agency supporting workforce development in schools across the West Midlands. Before this Helen worked in local government in both School Improvement and HR and prior to that held workforce development roles in the private sector. Working closely with our partner schools, Helen leads the Alliance and oversees all aspects of its work.
Pam Carpenter
Programme Manager
Pam is part of our Programme team. Prior to joining the team Pam worked for Thrive as Relationship Manager and Trainer across the Midlands region, supporting the social and emotional development of pupils in many schools across the locality. Pam has taught throughout the Primary phase, across three local authorities, lead many curriculum subject areas and worked as Deputy Head and Headteacher. Pam is also an Evidence Lead in Education for Staffordshire Research School.
Cat Stowers
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Cat is part of our central team and works on developing our marketing strategy and helps to coordinate our training events. She is a welcoming host at many of our events and works hard to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Prior to joining Gateway, Cat worked in a range of marketing roles including PR and also has experience working as a primary school teacher. She has a first class degree in Business Economics and loves to travel.
Kay Hamilton
Programme Manager
Kay is part of our Programme team. Prior to this Kay supported and advised schools nationally and internationally as a childhood and adolescent trainer in trauma informed approaches to mental health and wellbeing. Kay has 24 years’ experience in education, as a SENCo, specialist behaviour teacher for the LA, Science Subject Lead, Deputy Head and Headteacher. She has supported schools as a Consultant for SEMH, is a Mental Health First Aider, Designated Safeguarding Lead and long-standing Governor of a Primary PRU.
Ready to start your journey?
From subject networks to leadership development, Gateway can help you achieve, excite and inspire. Start your journey today!