An Advanced Skills teacher with over 30 years’ experience, I have worked predominantly with post 16 learners with additional learning needs. My specialism is working with young people who are socially disadvantaged with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
I have managed a large multidisciplinary department in Further Education which was nominated for Association of Colleges Beacon Status and led the process to achieve Autism status for the college.
I have also managed and delivered Education courses to degree level and supported staff development training and professional development.
B.Phil. in Education
Having worked in education since 1997 much of my experience has been with young people who struggle with achievement. I have worked both as a secondary school teacher, a Vocational Subject SENCO and as a specialist teacher in FE with learners who have significant emotional and behavioural problems and various barriers to learning,
I have successfully managed meaningful and supportive business and community engagement opportunities and set up a Business Ambassador Scheme engaging local employers with education. Connecting vulnerable young people to the wider world with a view to improving their life chances is my passion.
BA (hons) Business and Finance
PGCE Secondary Education.
I joined Foundation Futures CIC in July of 2016 as their Office Manager. I organise the business’ systems and manage the day to day administration and finance as the has business expanded.
My background is in teaching, and I have 22 years of full time teaching and management experience in secondary education under my belt, including UK state schools, the private sector and 7 years working internationally in the Middle East. Prior to my teaching career I spent several years working in the area of finance through roles at Price Waterhouse accountants and Education Finance.
In addition to my administrative tasks at Foundation Futures, I have also occasionally designed and delivered short specialised courses in preparing young adults for life after 6th form, as well as working on our community based programmes.
BA Hons Economics
PGCE Economics & Business Education
Having worked in further education for over 7 years previous to my current role at Foundation Futures I have specialised in personal and social development of 16-25 year olds. Working for Prince's Trust on their Team programme I specialised in employability, team work, communication and managing challenging behaviour. I have vast experience in working with young people with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and poor mental health. I have a passion for youth work and volunteered within youth clubs for several years this drives my ambition to increase opportunities in socially deprived areas.
As a mental health nurse with over 13 years experience I have mainly worked with adults experiencing both acute and chronic mental illness. This has taught me that mental health problems can have a wide range of causes and are likely complicated by a combination of factors. More often than not this includes difficulties during childhood therefore I see the absolute value in working with people when they are young. I passionately believe that if we can support individuals in their early years to recognise signs of mental wellbeing problems, to understand the positive and negative impact of activities on their mental health and to feel able to talk about their emotions then we can improve their lifelong chances of sustaining positive mental health.
Since working with Foundation Futures I have been able to utilise my expert knowledge and skills to support vulnerable young people.
BSC Hons Mental Health Nursing.
Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.