Having been a teacher since well before the National Curriculum was in school, I have decades of experience ranging from teaching children to read to working mainly teaching English in the secondary sector. I have seen great changes in education and they continue to happen of course.
In the later stages of my career I have specialised in the teaching of literature with a particular focus on the literature of and about WW1 and also Shakespeare. I examine for AQA at A level and also moderate the Extended Project Qualification for AQA.
I also am a British Council Schools Ambassador and have experience of helping schools to attain International Schools Award. I have travelled widely and have particular interest in the education of girls in Pakistan where I was fortunate enough to be part of a long running partnership.
Poetry is also a passion and I run poetry workshops, an online YouTube poetry channel Wild Writing in the time of Corona and creative writing workshops for adults. I also am a champion for the organisation Poetry by Heart.
Some of my other interests are...
- Writing poetry
- Discovering old mine workings!
- Creative Writing
- Literary Analysis
- Language Analysis
- Poetic forms
- Classroom Practice