I am an extremely passionate teacher who wishes pupils to find the same passion in the subject. Have loved English since I was at school. I write poems; songs and perform live. I work with pupils from 11 - 16.
15 years teaching English Literature and Language: KS3 and KS4. Head of Department, Lead Practitioner and now Deputy of Sixth Form. Have successfully raised attainment with under-achieving boys. Secured attainment of high-flying top set pupils. Strive to make English fun!
Having been privileged enough to work in various environments, with people of differing age and experience, I have adapted and grown to become a confident, determined and successful person. I have reached, and excelled, in all goals past and present and I am keen to continue the growth with the introduction of further new challenges.
o Communication Articulate, persuasive and diplomatic.
o Presentation Excellent manipulation of multimedia such as Microsoft / Mac; video and audio software
o Leadership / Working with others Well-organised and industrious; work well with peers, effective and resilient. Very reliable.
o Problem solving Able to collate all elements of past experience and apply to new challenges.
CAREER RECORD AND ACHIEVEMENTS
HOLTE SCHOOL, Birmingham
Teacher of English / Deputy of Sixth Form
Responsible for motivating Sixth Form pupils; raising their aspirations and ensuring they flourish in all subjects. Regularly meeting with pupils to discuss progress, aspirations and methods used to achieve their goals. Liaising with form tutors, providing Positive Mind-set form activities to encourage pupils. Liaising with subject tutors to identify areas of success and those in need of improvement. Looking at techniques to ensure pupils achieve their full potential. Working on a day-to-day basis in the classroom, with children aged 11 – 16, guiding them through Key stages 3 (SATs) & 4 (GCSE).
Self-employed, Nottingham 2015 - 2016
Author of Children’s books / Voluntary Teacher of English at a Supplementary school
Having fulfilled my goals in the teaching profession, took time to begin family and pursue desire to write children’s books. Have completed first draft and will be approaching publishers. Continue to encourage the development of pupils’ attainment in English by volunteering at a local community school.
CARLTON ACADEMY, Nottingham 2014 - 2015
Lead Practitioner of English / School LAC Coordinator / Teacher of English
Responsible for leading the implementation of Literacy across the whole school; in all subjects – in line with National Curriculum changes. Raised awareness on the function and forms of Literacy; encouraged analysis of classroom practice and ways in which to develop and improve practice. Led INSET and TLC groups on how best to embed Literacy into various subjects. Encouraged discussion and sharing of good practice. Introduced Peer and Self-marking strategy across the school, to encourage consistency across all subjects.
ELLIS GUILFORD SCHOOL, Nottingham 2013 - 2014
Head of English Faculty / Teacher of English
Led a team of 11 English teachers. Creating and implementing new systems and Departmental schemes of work, guided by the National Curriculum. Encouraged the use of data trackers and regular assessments to monitor and feed future attainment of pupils. Quality Assurance: Conducted Climate walks, Informal lesson observations with immediate feedback; book trawls and coursework moderation. Raised levels of achievement by delivering INSET and hosting one-to-one Performance Management meetings with team members. Guided the team on initiatives varying from: How to promote active learning to Effective behaviour management. Liaised with SLT and OFSTED Inspectors, reporting on pupil progress and achievement. Created extensive reports and delivered information on progress and required intervention.
HOLTE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE, Birmingham May 2010 - July 2013
Year Manager / Teacher of English
Responsible for motivating pupils; raising their aspirations and ensuring they flourished in all subjects. Charged with the day-to-day management of 192 pupils and a team of 11 form tutors. Arranged and lead Year Team and Citizenship meetings, sharing practices to ensure together we provide the best Pastoral support for our Year group. Demonstrated high expectations through the creation and delivery of weekly assemblies. Ensured consistent, focused and targeted mornings with the creation of form-time activities shared via the form tutors. Created periodic Citizenship timetables and managed the logistics of the day. One-to-one sessions with pupils; reference writing for college applications. Regularly attended SLT meetings (monthly) to ensure the Leadership team were well informed about the year group and their progress. Created extensive data sheets exploring pupils’ achievements, targeting select pupils who were not quite meeting their three level progress and putting plans in place to help them to achieve. Worked closely with HODs and subject teachers, looking at strategies to minimise classroom disruption and hence implement the key strands of ECM.
HOLTE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE, Birmingham Sept. 2009 - May 2010
Acting 2nd in English / teacher of English
Internal promotion following application and interview: Worked with the HOD looking at how to moderate KS3 assessment. Responsible for set changes, data analysis, implementing and moderating the application of departmental policy. Worked to help evaluate the department's achievements and areas in need of development, regularly monitoring and assessing the team's performance through Quality Assurance exercises. Encouraged the sharing of great practice by creating an interactive SOW Power-point (still used to date) requesting team submissions and then collating all ideas and resources.
GREAT BARR SCHOOL, Birmingham Sept. 2008 - Dec. 2009
Working with groups of 25 – 30, ensuring lessons were differentiated and accessible to all pupils. Assessed pupils; marked and graded papers; used results to guide future teaching. Encouraged self and peer assessment. Implemented ‘Every Child Matters’.
HOLTE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE, Birmingham July 2005 - Aug. 2008
3rd in English / Teacher of English & P.E
English: Worked with children aged 11 – 16 through Key stages 3 (SATs) & 4 (GCSE). Created and helped maintain departmental schemes of work for SEND pupils, guided by the National Curriculum. Delivered various areas of English Curriculum ranging from use of grammar to analysis of texts and their meaning. Worked to ensure inclusion for all, adapting and differentiating to certify all pupils are fully able to access the curriculum. Organised Family Literacy to further support pupils. Arranged provision of sessions, delivered content, organised family trips and encouraged school and Parent Partnership. Arts Representative for the department: worked to maximize the achievement of our pupils through the Arts, and a creative curriculum.
P.E: Worked with children aged 11 – 16, guided by National Curriculum. Worked with groups of up to 15, teaching: dance, football, rounders, netball and rowing.
TITAN PARTNERSHIP LIMITED, Birmingham 2004 - 2005
Secondary Centred Initial Teacher Trainee: English
The Titan Partnership offers three different routes into qualified teaching. They work with over fifty nurseries, primary and secondary schools and other groups, which make up the wider community.
o Planned, prepared and conducted lessons for pupils at both Key stage 3 and Key stage 4
o Set challenging lesson objectives to be completed on a weekly and termly basis
o Attended weekly meetings, educational sessions and seminars to further develop skills and knowledge
PENNA SANDERS AND SIDNEY, Birmingham 2003 - 2004
Business Development Co-ordinator
Penna Sanders and Sidney work with organisations to improve performance through people. Their network is unrivalled and extends across the globe from Europe across to the Far East.
o Supported a team of five Business Managers and Business Director; instigated, maintained and monitored target company projects
o Assisted in producing business proposals having researched company needs
o Created company publicity campaigns to promote company services
• Child Protection
• Transition and Differentiation (Inc. Independent learning)
• SEND & TAs in the classroom
• From Good to Outstanding
• Introduction to the new Teacher Standards and Performance Management
• Leadership and Management linked to the OfSted Framework
• Teaching – linked to the new OfSted Framework
• Child Protection
• Allergy Awareness & Administering an Epipen/Asthma awareness
• Facility Administrator Programme
• The Highly Effective Head of Year
• Microsoft Excel course Level 2; Lotus Notes; Dual diary management; Experian Targeting; Matrix System; Credit Sanction Procedures; Clientele; PCD
PGCE/QTS - Postgraduate Certificate in Education & Qualified Teacher status
BA (Hons) 2:2 in English at Wolverhampton University
4 A Level’s: English, Sociology, General Studies, Biology; 10 GCSEs
Singing & performing, song-writing, poetry, socialising, playing pool, playing guitar, reading, cinema.
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