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I am a part-time senior lecturer in education as a curriculum specialist delivering English Specialism modules for PGCE and Year 2 BA (Hons) Primary Teaching programmes. I support the PGCE students on school experience placement in our partnership schools and am a personal tutor for BA students in their third year.
My other role is a regional executive headteacher for Compass Community who provide residential, fostering and education services. This includes setting up and managing a range of schools including primary and secondary aged pupils: from small settings attached to residential homes, to larger schools that focus on SEMH and Learning Difficulties but all implementing a trauma-informed therapeutic approach. One of the schools I run achieved ‘outstanding' in all areas in an Ofsted inspection, in November 2021.
Previously, I have taught in secondary mainstream schools as a Head of English and Drama, and for the past 20 years in Special Educational Needs, working with vulnerable young people aged from 7 to 17.
For my doctorate in education I am researching how inclusion in schools may be achieved through meaningful partnership with families. I am a member of the specialist inclusion and social justice research group, exploring rights and responsibilities for those with additional needs. This reflects my passion for working with young people, pushing the boundaries of educational practice to unleash the potential of those who experience barriers to their learning, I am committed to making a difference to their life chances, underpinned by a belief that every child matters.
Other interests include curriculum design where creativity is central, including the use of film; reflective practice to support teachers' mental health and well being, and innovations in teaching and learning to prepare students for living and working in an ever-evolving society.
Senior Lecturer in Education: Curriculum Specialist