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Sangam Leaders

We now work with a group of excellent professionals who are mainly headteachers, academic tutors, and advisers, who run projects with us, gathering groups of colleagues who they feel will benefit from our programmes, facilitating and enabling preparation, leading the groups alongside us when in India, and advising us. Please below for information about our current group of leaders, and the visits they are currently planning. This page is developing as our leaders send us their info and pictures. Please send!

Helen Martin

HelenMartin.jpgHelen Martin is Headteacher of two small rural schools in West Sussex. She is also a Forest School leader, taking children out into local woodland on a weekly basis. As a keen Geographer, she is also Chair of the Early Years and Primary Phase committee of the Geographical Association and also sits on the board of trustees. She first visited Sangam in Summer 2012, as part of the GA Study tour; and then led a group back to Sangam in Easter 2013. Her link with an inspirational school in Hosur, near Bangalore, funded through the British Council, as been a tremendous success, with two teachers coming back to her schools in May 2013, inspiring her staff, parents and children alike. She plans to lead a geographically inspired journey down the Cauvery River, from its source in the Coorg Mountains, to the coast of Tamil Nadu, in August 2014.




Tessa Willy

copy_of_tessa..jpgTessa Willy lectures in primary geography initial teacher education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Prior to this she was a primary teacher in a variety of different settings across the UK and a secondary school geography teacher in the UK as well as in Africa. Her areas of particular interest are in issues around the ethics of geography, notably climate change, sustainability, social justice and global citizenship. With staff and students at the University of Roehampton, she developed an outdoor environmental area that is used as a model in initial teacher education and continuing professional development for teachers. Tessa was the programme leader for the PGCE Primary course at the University of Roehampton before joining the Institute of Education in 2012 where she works on the PGCE and Teach First Programmes as well as co-coordinating School Direct for London Primary Schools.


Dominic Corrywright

Dom CorryDominic Corrywright is principal lecturer of student experience at Oxford Brookes University and head of the Religion and Theology undergraduate programme. Dominic has been teaching for 25 years in secondary education and higher education and has research interests in contemporary religious and secular culture as well as in methodology and pedagogy. Dominic has been working with Tom Cosgrove, on the Yatra project to enhance student learning through field trips and to develop undergraduate research skills.  Jyoti, Kiran and Imo Sahi have been essential collaborators, with the centre, Sangam, to enrich student experience and extend their learning journeys.



Jane Hollis

Jane HollisI  am  an  Early Years  Consultant  with thirty years experience; as a school and nursery practitioner and leader, an Ofsted nursery inspector, trainer, pre-school and school early years  advisor and  more recently as a senior early years advisor in a local authority. I have taken opportunities to advise and train within International school settings and experience early  years education in the developing world. I believe passionately  in getting it right in the early  years of a  child’s development and ensuring  that  every  child’s potential  is fully met, so our children are  able to live fulfilling and creative lives. My expertise is in the area  of enhancing indoor and outdoor  learning  environments, team working and programmes  for sustained  improvement.This can take place  within small staff groups  or larger  staff teams, depending on individual need.



Mark Plater

Mark PlaterMark lectures in Theology and Initial teacher education at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln UK. He lived and worked in India from 1979 to 1984, and has visited most years since 2006. Profile:

The Theology department at BG have run India field visits for several years now, till recently, organised jointly with the Geography dept. Future visits are likely to be with our Art dept.  We like the idea of a cross-curricular dimension!  We make good use of Sangam as a base, but also visit Madurai and other places where we have developed an ongoing connection.  Sangam has begun to feel like a second home for leaders who visit regularly!  Because most of our students also have an education interest, school and university visits are also very much a part of our programme.  The India field visit is the culmination of an ever-widening departmental field visit framework: London in year one, Turkey in year two, and India in year three.  This ensures that students experience first-hand a range of religious cultures and contexts, as well as developing the group bonds of travelling and living together in a new environment.Further details about our course can be found on:


Ludo Vandael

ludoLudo is professor in the teacher education department at Karel-De-Grote University College, Antwerp, Belgium. He co-ordinates the international programmes and has been sending students to Sangam for international teaching practice programmes since 2008.






Gyles Morris

gyles2.jpgAs a teacher and landscape architect, Gyles has spent his entire career helping people of all ages to gain inspiration from the outdoor environment.He founded Naturesbase nine years ago, an education consultancy providing Initial Teacher Training, Continued Professional Development and pupil’s workshop in schools and Universities across the country with a focus on ‘Raising the profile of geography, Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Fieldwork and School Ground Development’.He lectures on the primary PGCE ( MA) geography courses at the London Institute of Education and has spent many years designing and advising on the development of school grounds. He also leads groups on expeditions and outdoor events to remote parts of the UK and overseas sharing his unique passion for the great outdoors.In 2009 with demand growing from schools for a residential option he established Naturesbase Camp, an inspirational environmental education camping centre for primary school children in Wales, ‘ where education becomes a living adventure’, providing an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in the natural environment through hands on learning. Gyles lives at Naturesbase Camp in west-Wales with his wife and three children.


Alexandra Oustroumoff

AliAli is a Montessori teacher and level 3 forest school leader. Most recently she set up the forest school at Hazlegrove in Somerset and also taught bee keeping to the children as an after school club. She has strong interests in art and design and runs an architectural metal work and steel fabrication company with her husband Piers from their farm in Somerset. They work in a variety of materials including glass, wood and bronze. Ali has also set up an arts group at Snag Farm dedicated to bringing together the skills and expertise of artists and craftsmen in order to educate and inspire people of all ages. Ali and Piers are relocating to Jersey in the Channel Islands with their 3 children where they hope to extend their business and art education.



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