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Partnership for Children Licensed Trainers are delivering Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends training for teachers in the following locations: 

North West

North East



South West

South East



North West

Oldham Council




Phone: 07780705841

We have 5 trainers at Oldham Council. We all have a wide range of experience working with children including teachers, TA's and counsellors. 3 of the trainers are part of the mental well-being team who are working with schools to have a whole school approach to emotional health and mental well-being. The other 2 are part of the SEMH team who work with schools to support the needs of pupils who have social and emotional needs.



Sue Greenbank


Phone: 01270 685720


North West England

Dr Rebecca Ashton
Educational Psychologist & Child Neuropsychologist
Director, Ashton Psychology Ltd.

Rebecca Ashton pic web

Rebecca is an experienced educational psychologist who has particular interests in neuropsychology, attachment and trauma. She has worked in Local Authorities, NHS and private practice. She currently works as an educational psychologist directly commissioned by schools and as a neuropsychologist for children who have had brain injuries. Rebecca has co-delivered Zippy's Friends and Apple's Friends in primary schools and is delighted to be able to train more colleagues in the Skills for Life programmes.


Phone: 07899 816294


North East

Children North East


Phone: 01912562449



East Midlands

Jane Hyland


Jane has worked as an adviser of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) for 20 years supporting schools in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire. Before that Jane was a secondary school teacher of Biology and PSHE. She has also acted as the chair of the advisory council to the PSHE Association for 8 years and is now training to teach mindfulness to secondary aged pupils.

Area covered: East Midlands


Phone: 0115 9476202



Karen Smith


Karen has over 25 years experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings, having taught in both Primary and Secondary Schools before becoming an adviser in PSHE Education. Following a secondment to the Department for Education as a Regional PSHE/CPD Adviser, Karen became a freelance consultant and is currently supporting the work of the PSHE Advisory Service in Nottingham.

Area covered: East Midlands

Phone: 0115 9476202



Jayne Carter


I’m loving seeing the difference Zippy and Apple are making to our children. Passionate about making sure all children feel safe, secure and special.

Areas covered: Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, NE Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire

Phone: 07766 660400



Orlaith Donnelly

Nottinghamshire Educational Psychology Service is a team of educational psychologists (EPs) working for Nottinghamshire County Council. Their EPs have delivered Zippy's Friends training for several years within Nottinghamshire schools.

Phone: 01158040828



Elizabeth Swinny

Area covered: Northamptonshire

Phone: 01604 361416




Denise Dyer

Areas covered: London, Surrey, Sussex

Phone: 07971 019689


South London

Susan Moore

Susan Moore

Susan has been an educational psychologist in Croydon for 12 years in a range of settings and schools. Her special areas of interest are attachment, nurture, parenting and mental health. Susan is increasingly concerned about the decline in children's emotional wellbeing and the frustrations of staff trying to support them in their emotional and social development. She has been encouraged and inspired by the Zippy's Friends and Apple's Friends programmes.

Area covered: South London

Phone: 020 8241 5460


South West


Matt Baker

Matt is an Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist and has worked for Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service since 2003. Prior to this, Matt was a primary school teacher. Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service have been training schools in Zippy's Friends since October 2014 and, in the Autumn Term of 2016, they began training schools in Apple's Friends.

Areas covered: Gloucestershire

Phone: 01452 328165


South East

Kingston upon Thames

Kate Arkwright

Your Healthcare CIC is a not for profit social enterprise, proud of delivering patient-led, high quality health and social care community services for residents in Kingston & Richmond as part of the NHS family.  Kate and her colleagues trained in April 2019.

Phone:  020 82747841



Oxfordshire Educational Psychology


Phone: 07919 308745


International Schools

Dr Angie Wigford


Angie is an Educational Psychologist with a passion for helping schools to empower their children with emotional literacy and resilience skills to last them a lifetime.

Areas covered: British International Schools


Phone: 07760 164552


Andrea Higgins

Andrea Higgins

Andrea is an educational psychologist with 33 years experience. She has completed an immeasurable amount of training with schools and her work has always been highly evaluated. The wellbeing of children has always been her priority as she strongly believes that 'happy children are successful children' and in Andrea's view, Zippy's friends and Apple's Friends should be a part of the curriculum of every school that considers part of its mission is to prepare children for life as happy, independent and successful adults.

Areas covered: Wales and South West

Phone: 078089 33864



Heather Ferguson

Heather Ferguson scotland trainer

Heather’s background in education has included teaching in a range of primary and secondary settings as well as working as a development officer and lecturing at Edinburgh University. She is particularly interested in attachment and trauma and currently supports Looked After Children and young people in schools, often using coaching and mindfulness approaches. She has been inspired by the Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends programmes and the way they support young children with wellbeing and coping skills.

Phone: 07979 106225