Module design, management, teaching and assessment of Social Sciences and Politics at both Foundation and Pre-masters level.
My educational interest is in widening participation for access to higher education and the improvement in social mobility for people in both the UK and at International level; through educational opportunities and achievement. Also I seek to improve the learning and teaching of critical analysis for my students.
I am involved in Local, Regional and National forums, that seek to improve educational provision, opportunities and social mobility in the UK. I am a brass musician playing the trumpet and cornet in a North-East Brass Band that represented the North-East at the UK National Brass Band Championships in September 2017.
Before I came to the IPC, my teaching experience has been in secondary schools in Northern England and a Tutor for the Open University. I have been Head of a Humanities and Citizenship department and have mentored NQT teaching staff and delivered CPD to teachers.
Also I was the school Lead member in the ‘Durham schools and Further and Higher education government funded project’; this project aimed at getting students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds into Further and Higher Education. At the end of the 3-year project, I gave a presentation to a regional conference at Durham University.
My last teaching post was as a teacher with Durham Educational Support services, teaching pupils who had educational health needs. I have a BA (Hons.) in Social Sciences, MA in Education (Open University), PGCE (Leeds University) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in the Pedagogy and Teaching of Citizenship (Newcastle University/DfES). I successfully completed the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services 'Leadership at All Levels Programme' in Educational management. While living and working in Durham, I was a volunteer with the Durham Christian Partnership, Citizens Advice Bureau advisor and Research and Campaigns coordinator. I am a qualified RFU rugby coach of a treble County Cup winning youth team.