I taught in primary schools as a class teacher from 1993 to 2006, working in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. During this time I developed an interest in supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which led to my appointment as Inclusion Manager in a school that supported learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. My role included Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, behaviour support teacher for a local schools and leadership of a specialist unit providing nurture support for children aged 4 to 11.
Following completion of a Master's Degree in Education with the Open University, I worked as an Associate Lecturer with the OU on the Foundation Degree in Early Years Education from 2000 to 2008. This involved leading seminars at the weekend, distance learning support and assignment marking for students working in schools as teaching assistants with aspirations to become qualified early years teachers.
My appointment to Sheffield Hallam University in September 2008 has enabled me to share my knowledge, skills and experiences with undergraduate and postgraduate students.
My teaching interests include supporting learners displaying challenging behaviour in the classroom, inclusive and personalising learning, and the importance of using creative approaches and 'hooks' for learning to inspire, enthuse and engage all learners.