Getting to know the Student well to ensure effective working relationships. Taking every opportunity to praise and develop confidence and self esteem, never giving up on a student. Repeating the message that education provides opportunities for the student and provides a vision and purpose for the future.
Local government Career for 36 Years including Auditing, Accountancy, Project and Business Management. Teaching/Tutoring for six years with specialist experience in SEND and PRU Fields. Mainly Teaching Maths and Preparation for Working Life plus Athletics Coaching and Business Studies skills.
A highly experienced, motivated and enthusiastic Local Government manager with extensive experience in Teaching, Training, Finance, Business and Service Development, including twenty seven and a half years with the Kent County Council, which have involved eleven years within a Multi Agency Environment, and three spells within the KCC Education environment. An ability to work to tight timescales to ensure that business targets are achieved, reporting on performance, and budget management. Computer literate notably in Excel, Word and Outlook, with a high level of keyboard skills, with particular emphasis on attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, with an ability to communicate at all levels within the business. Capable of managing a team and working as a team member, and also as an individual on required projects. Has played a key role in developing the Governments Children’s Centres initiative across Kent. Continued experience of working with Young People via Scouting, Sports Coaching (Mainly Athletics), and as Treasurer and Chair of son’s Catholic Primary School Friend’s Association. Currently a School Governor with responsibility for Resources and Health and Safety Committees.
January 17 to Present:
Maths Interventions co-Ordinator: St Augustine’s Academy Overall Responsibility for raising Maths attainment: Small groups and Individual 1:1 Tuition where required from Years 7 to 11. GCSE Revision Programmes, Support with “Weekend Maths Camps”. Also working with Youngsters in Care and those with SEND for Local Authorities.
June 15 to December 16:
Teaching Maths and some Business Studies to children of all ages in care in Kent, (Years 5 to Years 11 including GCSE preparation), plus students in 16+ age range, for the Kent Virtual School. Also teaching Maths and Preparation for Working Life at Kings Reach Alternative Curriculum PRU.
March to May 15:
Teaching Maths and Business Studies to KS3 Students at Swale Inclusion service (11-14 disaffected students with challenging problems needing a clam. Innovative and creative approach to their engagement and teaching).
February 2013 to January 15:
Teaching Numeracy and Literacy to students with learning difficulties in a practical environment (Gardening Farming projects projects) and 10 week courses for students requiring Maths/Numeracy and English additional tuition, on behalf of Virtual School Kent.
Teaching and support at Tonbridge Adult Education: Numeracy for adults/young people with Dyslexia and associated learning difficulties. A number have now passed Functional Skills qualifications.
Supporting tuition for groups and direct support to young people with Mental Health problems in the Maidstone area: mainly in arts and crafts sessions with a view to improving their confidence and self esteem.
Kent Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Pathfinder Project Manager – February 13 to April 15
Managing the Governments reforms and testing of changes to the service provision for Young People and their Families (Birth to 25), in ready for live implementation in August/September 2014.
Service Changes encompass:
• Single EHC Plan (Education, Health and Social Care)
• Integrated Assessments via Keyworkers/Integrated Co-Ordinators
• Delegating of Personal Budgets/Direct Payments to increase freedom of choice of families.
• Developing the Local Offer: Providing information to Families and Young People about Services, Facilities and Events for those with Special Needs and Disabilities.
• Integrating Services for those with Challenging Behaviour and Learning/Behaviour difficulties.
• Closer working practices with the Community and Voluntary Sector.
The Key Responsibilities of the SEND Pathfinder Project Manager are:
• Developing a comprehensive Project Plan, working with the Change Board.
• Managing the Pathfinder project by ensuring work packages deliver against the Plan.
• Regular reporting to KCC and SEND Seniors/Partners.
• Collating and maintaining up to date information and Personal data of families involved.
• Regular communication with stakeholders, via website, broadcast mail, and newsletters.
• Provision of adequate and appropriate training.
September 2012 – February 2013: Learning Support Assistant/Tutor – Pupil Referral Unit
Supporting Learning and Teaching students with complex and challenging behaviour in a large Pupil Referral Unit. Work includes organising Vocational studies e.g. for practical Hairdressing and Childcare qualifications, and teaching Maths GCSE, Business Studies, and designing and teaching a course for Preparation for Working Life. Also nurturing students with complex needs with the aim of reintegrating them into formal lessons within the PRU Timetable. Also, a similar spell at the Cedars PRU in Maidstone.
October 2011 – August 2012: Consultant Kent’s Children’s Centres
Freelance Consultancy work for Kent children’s centres, involving evaluation of services in several Districts, including Swale, unit costing/value for money work, and contracts review. Also, assisting with teaching Adults Numeracy and Literacy, and have contributed to the achievement of a number of tests successes by Adults and Young People. My skills, experience, and qualifications have enabled me to fulfil the Teacher Assistant role very effectively. Involvement with local communities and schools in Maidstone as part of the 2012 Olympics preparation.
Feb 2007 – October 2011 KCC Children’s Centres Project Officer
• Four years plus experience in a project team, personally leading on operational requirements to ensure the Governments Children’s Centres Agenda is met.
• Children’s Centres must ensure integrated services are provided, primarily for children and parents in the 0 to 5 age range at present, with current particular focus in the most deprived areas.
• National target for Kent is 102 centres by 2010.
• Key services are Health, Early Years Education, childcare, and careers employment advice and information from Job Centre Plus.
• My responsibilities have included allocating and monitoring budgets, (revenue and capital), and introducing appropriate systems, implementing training programmes, establishing Service Level Agreements with partners including childcare provision, liasing with Heads of Schools on shared sites with children’s centres. Some recruitment also.
• Also ensuring the Supplies and Services needs of Children’s Centres are met including: centre furniture and equipment, signage, CCTV, IT connectivity and telephones, security systems
• Ensuring contracts are in place for facilities services, in line with Local Authority procurement terms and conditions. Developing systems of contracts monitoring.
• Liaison with our property surveyor, on required leases for occupancy of premises.
• Value for Money Evaluations.
Oct 2004 – Feb 2007 Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team
Appointed: Finance Manager
Budget monitoring, in excess of £11 million, and reporting on expenditure/income outturn.
Successful establishment of contracts for site and office services, with subsequent monitoring.
Management of Administration and Finance staff, and support to Service Commissioners, notably Police, KCC Social Services and Health.
Feb 2004 – Sept 2004 Kent County Council Social Services Asylum and Refugee Unit
Appointed: Business Manager (on a requested secondment within KCC)
Setting up robust systems to ensure accurate client data.
Management of Finance staff.
Visits to clients with Social workers.
Reporting to the Home Office, client and financial information.
Aug 2002 – Jan 2004 Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team
Appointed: Business and Development Manager
Successful development of financial and service related systems for this Advanced Multi Agency Partnership.
Reporting on client data to required organisations.
Preparation and submission of reports on Crime and Disorder, Drug Availability and Community issues.
Management of Administration and Finance staff, and the site facilities.
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