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FAQ: Welcome

Ian Spooner - Director

Ian Spent a number of year teaching in primary schools before moving to All Saints Catholic High School working as a School Sport Coordinator. Then undertaking the Partnership Development Manager role for Points School Sports Partnership (SSP). When the government decided to remove the funding for the SSPs across the country, he embarked on the formation of Points Learning Network with colleague Helen Stevens. 

  • BA Hons Outdoor Education/Recreation Management

  • PGCE Upper Primary

Helen Stevens – Director

Previously Head of PE at Westfield School in Sheffield and then the School Sports Coordinator for Points SSP, Helen formed Points Learning Network with Ian Spooner in March 2011, in response to the government’s dismantling of the SSPs.

She now works with schools across the network to support them with their development of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity.​

  • BSC (Joint Hons) PE, Sports Science and Mathematics from Loughborough University 

  • PGCE PE and Maths from Loughborough University

  • MA Education Keele University

Andy Staley - Project Coordinator and Sports Development Coach 

Andy Staley is an experienced and well-respected sports coach who has been with Points since 2006. Alongside being the School Games Organsier for the Westfield School Games Hub, he currently works in a number of our partner primary schools supporting the delivery of PE and Sport lessons and activities. He is also in charge of running the highly successful Points Learning Network Games at the EIS each year which attracts over 2000 children and their teachers! Away from the Points and the SGO role, he is also a Coach Educator for the England Cricket Board, the Yorkshire Under 15's Girls Manager/ Coach and a First Aid trainer. 

  • MSc Sport Business Management

  • BSc Sport Development with Coaching

  • UKCC Level 3 Advanced Cricket Coach

  • First Aid at Work

  • Adult Education and Training Award

Richard Mills - Sports Development Coach

Richard is a highly experienced sports coach who has a strong background in racket sports, in particular badminton. He currently works in a variety of partner primary schools working alongside teachers to develop their subject knowledge in PE and Sport.

  • BSc Physical Education & Youth Sport

  • Badminton Level 2

  • Cricket Level 2

  • Basketball Level 1


Neil Francis - Secondary School PE Teacher

Neil is an experienced secondary specialist who is based at Westfield School in Sheffield. One day a week he works on behalf of Points LN to provide the Westfield Cluster with a range of festivals, events and competitions. Over the last few years he has made this role his own and continues to develop the events to an extremely high standard. The KS1 Christmas multi-skills festival is a firm favourite with our schools!

  • BA(Hons) Secondary Physical Education leading to QTS

  • First Aid First Responder

  • RFU Level 3 Rugby Coach

  • ERDPP Yorkshire Player Development Coach


Anne Ashmore - Project Coordinator 

A highly experienced secondary PE specialist of over 30 years and former assistant head at Westfield School, Anne has a wealth of experience when it comes to working with children. Not only is Anne greatly experienced, but her capacity to be able to work with a range of people and situations, makes her an invaluable part of the team. She works in partner primary schools supporting the skill development of staff within these schools.

  • BEd (Hons) in Physical Education and English, Liverpool John Moores University, formally IM Marsh College of Physical Education.

Helen Clark - Primary Project Support

Helen is an experienced Early Years and KS1 teacher who has taught at a number of schools across Sheffield. Her experience in working with younger age groups strengthens our knowledge and expertise in this area. Helen supports our work with the Health Days in schools and other projects over the course of the year.

  • B.Ed hons

Lisa Jones - Primary Project Support

Lisa is an experienced Teaching Assistant who worked at Waterthorpe Nursery and Infants School in Sheffield, for many years. Her love of sport and her interest in athletics makes her an important addition to the team. She supports our work on Health Days and other projects in schools.

  • Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work

Meet the Team

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