Background & experience
CREATOR OF THE WILD OF THE WORDS: Bristol based company, established in 2017. Specialises in performance storytelling, bespoke English tuition and story-crafting workshops for children and adults.
ENGLISH CONSULTANCY: In 2015, advised and supported senior leadership teams in Bristol based academies on the revision and development of their existing literacy policies.
TEACHER OF ENGLISH & PRIVATE ENGLISH TUTOR: Sixteen years experience, in school and out, delivering highly contextual, innovative and exciting lessons as well as delivering outstanding teaching for students from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from pupils who are home-educated to those receiving specific learning support, studying English as an additional language and working towards their GCSE and A-Level language and literature exams.
HEAD OF YEAR AT KEY STAGE FOUR: Led, managed and developed a team committed to supporting the educational progress of Key Stage Four students; monitoring and evaluating both the academic and personal development of the students and designing and delivering effective intervention strategies that resulted in measured improvement of both student self-regard and overall achievement at GCSE.
HEAD OF PERSONAL, SOCIAL & HEALTH EDUCATION / HEAD OF CITIZENSHIP: Designed and managed the delivery of Personal, Social and Health Education across a whole school community as well as created and delivered a GCSE Citizenship to Year 10 and 11 students.
KEY STAGE ENGLISH COORDINATOR: Designed and developed dynamic schemes of work; embedding key literacy skills within all units to ensure student progression. Restructured the English programme for Years 7,8 and 9 in order to make student progression visible and measurable for students, teachers and parents alike.
HEAD OF GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP & COORDINATOR OF OVERSEAS EXPEDITIONS: Established a Global Partnership between Bristol and Ugandan school to share best practice and curriculum resources, and set up a bilateral exchange programme taking groups of students to Africa and then hosting Ugandan colleagues here in the UK. Community investment has led to the fundraising of over £90,000. Highly effective and engaging schemes of work in both schools have been created, and a fully operational and robust expedition infrastructure is now firmly in place to ensure the future growth of project and increased staff involvement. The latest expedition has just run in 2018.
TEACHING AND LEARNING COACH: CPD trainer in school; supporting and coaching staff in the development of their classroom practice over a number of years.
OUTDOOR ADVENTUROUS TRAINING: Mountain Leader (Summer) qualified. Co-ordinated Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions in school and now continues to deliver independent outdoor adventurous training for students in schools.
VOLUNTEERING & COMMUNITY WORK: Committed to global development work - Chair of the registered charity Hosanna Support Group which commits to providing young people living in poverty in Uganda with education towards a better life. Also works with vulnerable adults in the community who require additional support with their English language learning.