I took my first degree in Modern History at University College, Oxford. I then studied for a PGCE in History and Humanities at the University of Sheffield before taking up a first post in teaching in Sheffield in 1986.
From 1986 I taught full-time in schools in Sheffield and in Rotherham for nineteen years. During this time I held the position of Head of History in two 11-18 comprehensives, managing a large subject team, teaching and leading the development of the History curriculum in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. I also taught more broadly across the Humanities curriculum including Geography and RE, as well as elements of both PSHE and Citizenship curricula.
During my time in schools I was closely involved in ITT partnerships, initially as subject mentor for History, but latterly as Early Professional Development Co-ordinator, with whole school responsibility for ITT partnerships and also for NQT induction.
I left teaching in 2005 for a consultancy position in the School Effectiveness Service of Rotherham Local Authority, which remains my substantive post today. My role in supporting schools is wide-ranging, but key responsibilities include NQT induction, governor development, and performance management systems in schools. I am also vice-chair of governors in a local primary school.
Since 2010 I have been seconded to work part-time on ITT Sheffield Hallam University’s ITT programmes, initially as subject tutor and part of the management team for the Graduate Teacher Programme where I took the lead in organising the core secondary training programme. In 2013 I joined the secondary PGCE programme team as PGCE History tutor for both Core and School Direct trainees.