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Academic Tutor

I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1990 and have worked in schools across the North East. I have also worked in FE teaching English as a second language.

I have held management roles, including leading a team of advisory teachers within the Ethnic Minority Achievement Team in a local authority, also leading on Holocaust Education. I am a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum in Holocaust Education.

More recently, I worked as an advisor with a school improvement team, specialising in English as an additional language (EAL), Equalities, Inclusion and Literacy.

I am qualified to postgraduate diploma level and will soon complete my MEd in Bilingualism in Education. In addition, I have subject specialism in teaching ESOL to adults (CELTA and ESOL subject specialism).

Teaching and supervision

I'm an academic tutor for PGCE Education (IDL) and SCITT IDL.


I'm currently part of a research team, with colleagues from Northumbria University, which is Investigating the Impact of a Specialist CPD Training Programme for Teaching Assistants, with a focus on supporting children with English as an additional language.

I am interested in bilingualism in education; the rights and needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, including those who are trafficked; language development; inclusion in schools; anti-racist education and Holocaust Education and GRT/Roma rights and training of foster carers.

I am a trustee of the North of England Refugee Service and I'm part of the national steering group for Schools of Sanctuary.

Last updated 07 January 2020