Having gained a first degree in Social and Political Science (main subject: psychology) from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and worked for a short time in the business world, I decided to return to my other great love, namely languages, and become a secondary school teacher. I completed my conversion PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of York from 1992 to 1994, which included a wonderful period spent in Blois, France. Since then, I have taught French to GCSE and A level (and some German from time to time) in a range of secondary schools in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, as well as most recently at an independent boarding school in North Yorkshire. I have led MFL departments in the last three of those schools.
As a teacher, I am passionate about making language learning accessible and enjoyable for students, and am a firm believer in the central importance of phonics, vocabulary and grammar instruction to foreign language teaching.
I joined the Education Department in January 2019 as a member of the National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP) team.