I am a well-qualified, confident and accomplished practitioner and successful, freelance author and consultant, with expertise in a number of subject areas at both primary and secondary level.
My overriding aim is use my creativity to inspire other educational professionals, whether they be PCGE/BEd students, NQTs, Classroom Teachers, Subject Leaders, Key Stage Coordinators, Senior Leaders, Head Teachers or Learning and Community Engagement Officers within the heritage sector. It is hoped that they, in turn, will adopt, adapt and develop new teaching activities and provide stimulating learning experiences for all the youngsters that they come into contact with. Ultimately, if this has been achieved, then I will have had a small, but worthy, impact on our future generation of educators and learners.
Fifteen years teaching many subjects across a broad age range in a variety of schools has certainly proved invaluable for my current role as a freelance author and consultant and private tutor.
In the past, I have been based in mainstream, independent, selective and comprehensive schools. Whilst my PGCE is at secondary level, with my specialism identified as geography and religious studies as a second subject, I have taught from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5! Although much of my time has been dedicated to the teaching and learning of geography, I have also contributed to the delivery of many other subjects, largely across the humanities, as well as computing, PSHE/citizenship and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). As would be expected from my years in the profession, I have held numerous roles of responsibility alongside my teaching commitments, related to either the taught or extended curriculum. Involvement with staff and pupils at primary level has usually concentrated upon the promotion of a connected, creative curriculum, geography, global learning, transition, fieldwork or ‘taking learning outside the classroom’.
For the past six years, I have worked in a freelance capacity, undertaking a vast array of authoring or consultancy tasks. Much of what I do has a county or south west focus. Nevertheless, there have been occasions when my expertise has been called upon from further afield. Every week is different, but what I might lack in terms of routine, is more than made up for by the gratification that I receive.