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 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.