My consultancy work may take various forms.
I am often approached by companies, organisations or individuals, who are seeking curriculum guidance in conjunction with a specific project or initiative.
With my ‘geography’ hat on, I have had a significant input into many regional primary and secondary geography or global learning conferences. I am also frequently called upon by Geography/Humanities Subject Leaders, largely in primary schools, for advice when they are planning or developing fieldwork activities or learning opportunities outside the classroom. Where confidence is low, experience is lacking or resources are minimal, I may also assist individuals in leading such events. Over time, I have helped several schools with applications for Frederick Soddy Trust awards to secure funding for fieldwork activities too. Steering Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 transition projects linked to the Global Learning Programme (GLP) and offering support to individuals in schools applying for the Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) have taken much of my time of late.
As an Accredited Assessor for the E-Safety Mark, I work alongside Computing Subject Leaders and those responsible for safeguarding in schools to provide advice on online safety policy and practice within their establishment. I also visit schools to carry out E-safety Mark assessments. My strong links with SWGfL mean that I keep abreast with issues and developments and am in an ideal position to relay such vital information to staff, parent and pupils via online safety briefings.
My humanities background has proved very useful this past year or so. After securing a grant of £10 000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), I steered a WW1, school and community groups’ project within the village of Hempsted in Gloucestershire. In addition to setting up and managing a blog site for the project, I organised a WW1-themed, cross-curricular week at Hempsted C of E Primary School and coordinated numerous events within the local community. Further insight may be gained by accessing the following web-link: Homefront Blog
My diverse background enables me to offer face-to-face training and support ‘in situ’, tailored to the specific requirements of an individual or their school, in addition to a range of CPD workshops at numerous venues throughout Gloucestershire. Examples of previous workshops include:
- Using photographs and images to promote a connected and creative curriculum.
- The importance of geographical enquiry, incorporating personal geographies, secret street detectives, ‘Go the Extra Mile’, Andrea Mosaic and ‘Mission:Explore’.
- Planning a cross-curricular day, week, or even term, centred upon a particular topic, e.g. London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; WW1.
- Using geography as the ‘steering wheel’ for ‘driving’ a connected and creative curriculum in primary schools.
- The new National Curriculum for geography (parts 1, 2 and 3).
- Enhancing global learning in primary schools.
- Blogging creatively and effectively in the primary classroom.
- Making use of web 2.0 tools in the primary classroom.
- Using ‘Scratch’ to promote a connected and creative curriculum in primary schools.
- Exploring the 360 degree safe self-review tool.
- An introduction to ‘Safe’.
It is not just educational professionals that benefit from the sharing of my knowledge and expertise. I am increasingly found in primary, and sometimes secondary schools, delivering whole day workshops to pupils. These are often geared towards the promotion of a connected, creative curriculum or have a technological focus, reinforcing online safety in the process.
My efforts to date have allowed me to gain the following titles of recognition:
- Approved provider of support for individuals and schools with Gloucestershire County Council.
- Primary Geography Champion and Teacher Consultant, the Geographical Association.
- E-Safety Mark Accredited Assessor.