Lecturer in International Initial Teacher Training
I first attended the University of Sunderland in 2008, completing my undergraduate degree in 2011. I then qualified as a secondary school teacher via School's Direct training, specialising in English at Key Stage 3 and 4 and Media Studies at Key Stage 4 and 5 and teaching in schools across the North East of England.
Since 2018 I have worked at the University of Sunderland, initially working within the student support services. At this time, I was responsible for implementing the university's PASS scheme and helped to oversee its subsequent expansion before joining the IITT team in 2022. It was during this time that I also completed my MA in Education, with my thesis research looking at employability benefits of being a PASS Leader.
I am currently Assistant Programme Leader for the 60-credit PgCert Education (SCITT) programme, working with School-Centred Initial Teacher Training partners across the north and north east of England. I am also Module Leader for the level 7 'EPDM97: Negotiated Individual Study in Education' module on this course. This is the final module on the course and is commonly referred to as "the action research module", where trainees have the opportunity to build on the skills gained from EPDM01, reflect on their own teaching practice and identify an area of their practice which they wish to improve. Furthermore, I am also a PAT for trainees on the PGCE Education (DL) and Assessment Only Route to QTS.
I am also Mental Health First Aid trained through MHFA England, Suicide Intervention Trained and have a student-focused approach to my practice and research.