For me education is all about switching people on - illuminating a subject as well as grasping its content. I believe that if I can help a student to be interested in the topic at hand, then I’ve done something for them as people as well as for their academic success. I try to do this by incorporating broader ideas from the arts & humanities within my lesson plan. I’m a reliable and well organised worker used to professional practices and working with young people.
My approach is to try and involve the student in the shared experience of the learner. We are all learners, no one ever 'arrives' at knowledge. I try to show students the value of learning as an ongoing process, throughout life by presenting myself as one such learner and our sessions as opportunities for discovery.
I usually start with the close reading of a text. We each read it aloud, one then the other. By asking the right questions, I encourage the student to discover a certain thing the text does - a technique or quality it has - which will form the focus of the day's lesson. I will then go on to name these techniques or qualities which we will proceed to try and identify in a second text. The session will end with a creative writing exercise in which both me and the student will try our hand at what we have discovered. The student will then redraft this for the next session and think about how the technique or quality has been employed in their own work. The next session will open with the student explaining this to me.
I am published writer, editor and teacher with a passion for education. At The Manchester Writing School I have studies under Carol Ann-Duffy, Michael Symmons-Roberts and Andrew MacMillan, among others. I have completed an intensive course as part of the MA in Teaching Creative Writing and was also given the honour of winning the MMU Student Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts & Humanities.
I'm a Head Editor of aAh! Magazine (MMU), leading the Creative Section. In this role I edit the written creative submissions (essays, poetry, short stories etc.) and select the visual art submissions for publication. I have regularly contributed to the magazine writing pieces on Manchester Art Gallery, the history of music and editorial pieces. I have also published an essay with 3:AM Magazine, a leading online art and politics journal.
I usually tutor English Literature and English Language at all levels, though I also have experience in Media/Film Studies and French up to GCSE.
The Writing School (MMU) (Ongoing)
MA Creative Writing (Poetry)
Including Teaching Creative Writing Module
Won ‘Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Humanities Award’
Norwich University of the Arts 2013
BA (HONS): Film & Moving Image Production (2.i)
Norton College, Sheffield 2010
A-LEVELS 2007: Media Studies (A), Psychology (B), Photography (C)
Meadowhead Secondary School, Sheffield 2008
GCSEs 2005: 9 GCSEs grade B and C (including English and Maths)
NVQ 2005: German
King Edward VII School, Sheffield 2014 - ongoing
Taken on many roles and responsibilities including security, maintenance, catering, portering, H&S checks, cleaning, deliveries and event management. Familiar with teaching environment and working with and around young people both in terms of Health & Safety and appropriate practice. Up to date DBS check.
The Courtyard (4 star Gites complex in St. Catherine, Le Charente, France) July - August 2016
Art Workshops, Childcare
Prepared and delivered workshops in drawing, painting, tile-painting and ceramics for children aged 3-15. Oversaw guests children while working as waiter, gardener, dog-walker etc. Regularly cared for the owner’s son practicing French and English, discussing interests and on occasion entertaining his passion for Minecraft.
Private Household, Marburg, Germany June – July 2016
Art & Writing Workshops, Childcare
Prepared and delivered various creative educational exercises for two children including English Language practice, story writing, reading, drawing, painting, comic-book making, football practice and general care. I also prepared meals for them, took them to and from school and also kept up an ongoing practice of casual education - always asking them questions and explaining what I could about England, the arts, the English language and my own experiences in order to broaden their minds.
King Edward VII School, Sheffield April – July 2015
Assisting the science department (including 6th Form) in the delivery of lessons. Main roles included communicating with students about materials, the preparation of experiments, precise time management, systematising of equipment/materials, extensive communication with teaching staff, ordering of new materials, manual problem solving and various scheduling & record-keeping tasks.
King Edward VII School, Sheffield April – July 2014
Voluntary Teaching Assistant
One-to-one and classroom support for pupils ages 11-16 in helping to develop academic skills to increase both their understanding and their grades. I worked extensively with a few students with behavioural problems helping them to focus on the task at hand and apply the understanding they had shown in person to their written work. I had particularly good rapport with some very shy students in whom I tried to encourage delicately and also with what I considered the naughty table - a group of students that were all very behind in whom I noticed as I complimented the work of one, the others seemed to be a little jealous. So I began to compare their work explaining that it was simply that more effort had gone into the better work. The teacher I worked with later told me I had bumped up several grades from Ds to Bs.
aAh! Magazine February 2018 - ongoing
Creative Section Editor
Developed the remit and content for the arts & culture magazine with a small group of other section editors. Soon to take on the role of developing the submission briefs (all sections) and being sole editor of all creative sections - poetry, flash fiction, art, photography, essays, ‘self-portrait’ feature etc.
Poetry Salzburg Press May/June 2018
(Forthcoming Poetry Pamphlet)
Invited to submit manuscript by a member of the editorial board for publication this year.
Arvon Residential Writing Program June 2017
Attended week long residential course taught by two established poets after being awarded a funded place on an emerging writers scheme by The Poetry Business.
3:AM Magazine September 2017
‘The Idea of Building a Boat’ - Published an essay for the magazine on the various forms of one single metaphor - that of the desert island, or lonely idyll - as found in poetry, the cinema, music, art etc.
University of Manchester, University of Sheffield September 2016 - September 2017
Collaborated with three established academics in the field of Health & Social Care research on a paper about the use of collaborative-creative processes in social-theory research practices. Now published in the journal ‘Organisation Studies’.
High level of written English.
Passionate engagement with broad range of subjects.
Capability to learn quickly - to be dynamic in subject matter taught.
Proficient with the Microsoft Office suite.
Well read in English Literature and with wide knowledge of the arts & humanities.
Confident in one-to-one environment.
Basic spoken & written French.
I have a particular passion for literature, the cinema & visual art and would love to organise and run book groups, film-clubs and art gallery trips. I also run creative writing workshops and have seen many moved and delighted by partaking in them. I think these workshops can help to build self-confidence by creating a situation in which people can freely express themselves.
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