Having studied a degree in Psychology at the University of Sussex (with a year at the University of Rochester in New York State), I went on to get a teaching qualification (PGCE post-compulsory) in 2003. This followed working with young people both in this country and abroad and deciding that it was something that I wanted to pursue. In 2012 I obtained a further QTS qualification with the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT scheme, whilst teaching full-time at Notre Dame High School.
I have taught Psychology for about fifteen years now, mainly at A Level in schools. I have also taught Sociology and Health and Social Care along the way. I have examined Psychology A level for AQA, tutored some private students at my home and worked with international students at INTO@ UEA. I was, until recently, Head of Psychology at a Girls’ school in Norwich.
At Christmas 2019, I made a bold move to leave the Girls’ school and pursue a vastly different course with Unity Education Trust at Locksley Short Stay School. Here, I have been a KS3 Nurture Teacher, meaning I run a primary style curriculum with a small group of KS3 students who have struggled to cope with mainstream education. I have found the role to be interesting and I have learnt a great deal in a short space of time, particularly with regard to special educational needs. I have found that my role overlaps with primary teaching a great deal. As a result of this, I am going to move to be a KS2 teacher from September 2020 in a job share role. This will further increase my teaching experience and I am really looking forward to the new challenges, especially experimenting with a new style of curriculum within this unique setting.