I am an English specialist with twenty-four years of teaching experience, both as classroom teacher and as College leader. At Sheffield Hallam, I have responsibility for the training of English teachers on PGCE, School Direct and have also worked on the Teach First training route.
I have delivered departmental training, as an external speaker, to schools in Special Measures, providing curriculum training.
I have delivered whole school training regarding literacy progress units, the plenary, working with and mentoring nqts, working with curriculum specifications and running successful teams of people. I have also delivered INSET training to staff from Derby City schools on A level teaching approaches.
It has been a real privilege to help a number of internationally educated teachers complete conversion courses with The University of Derby. I have a long association with AQA and the old London Board, as an examiner and more recently as a member of the AQA consultation panel for the new GCSE specifications in English.
Amongst a number of activities that I have co-ordinated to enrich the experiences of my pupils, I have organised a Gifted and Talented Scheme, collaborating with neighbouring schools and outside agencies, an American Studies Day for prospective University hopefuls, and I have acted as Lead teacher for a Buddy Reading Scheme with a partner Junior School, and four magnificent visits to the battlefields of the Western Front of World War One in Belgium and France.