Freelance practitioner in VIG, Philosophical Enquiry and Education (2015 – present)

Mental Health Practitioner with CAMHS (2018 – present)

Delivering and facilitating workshops for parents, children and young people on anxiety, low mood and self-injury.

Family Support Worker within Video Interaction Guidance Service (2015 -2018).

VIG is an intervention to change behaviour and uses a partnership model of working and strength-based approach to support development of attuned parenting. Further development of reflective, person-centred practice to support families to develop new shared meanings, and ‘see things differently’, through improving and developing communication and relationships.  Promoting attuned, empathic relationships through heightening awareness of verbal and non-verbal communicationUsing  film and editing skills, and skills of micro-analysis to make clips of attuned interactions. Supporting families at early help level, child-in-need, and child protection level as well as Looked After Children referred to the VIG Service within Northamptonshire County Council. Assessing, understanding and responding to individual needs in order to teach attuned parenting effectively. Working within multi-disciplinary teams, writing reports and contributing to assessments. Undertaking home visits and 1:1 shared reviews within the family home. Using camera and film editing software and technology. Using supervision to develop Video Interaction Guidance skills and practice, and complete 3 levels of training in order to become accredited VIG guider. Continuing professional development to keep up to date with developments within the professional body of AVIGuk.

Inclusion Coordinator – The Elizabeth Woodville School (2012 -2015)
Responsible for removing barriers to learning for young people in Key Stage 4 in order to support achievement. Liaising with teachers, senior leadership team, social services and mental health services to co-ordinate support for vulnerable young people. Lead professional in CAFs. Report writing, accurate record keeping, referrals to children and young people’s services, and maintenance of safeguarding files. Supporting SEN students with individual programmes and interventions. Working with LAC, devising support programmes and writing PEPs. Working within a multi-agency framework and attending weekly safeguarding meetings. Designated safeguarding role within KS4. Identifying problems in student’s attendance and devising supportive interventions to improve this. Devising support programmes, PSPs, and parental contracts for students with challenging behaviour in the classroom and supporting teachers with classroom management strategies.

Was nominated for the Unsung Hero Award in 2015.

Advanced Practitioner (from 2009) and Lecturer in Social Science – Northampton College (2003-2012).
Responsible for supporting teachers to achieve grade one or two in the formal yearly observations. Responsible for co-observing in graded observations and giving feedback. Delivering training and producing resources on best practice in learning and teaching. Mentoring new teachers. Piloting action research projects with colleagues to improve creativity in teaching and learning. Teaching modules on DTLLS teaching qualification. Marking and assessing work for DTLLS level 5/6 qualification and IV responsibilities for other modules on programme. Target setting for students on DTLLS and assessment on how to improve. Meetings with university on DTLLS qualification and standardisation.

Setting up and delivering A’ level courses in AQA Philosophy, Religious Studies, Government and Politics, and Critical Thinking, as well as supervising students on the AQA Extended Project and teaching topics in A level Sociology and A level Communication and Culture. Responsible for designing resources, writing schemes of work and session plans, marking assignments, writing reports, writing self-assessment and delivering sessions in A’ level subjects. AS and A2 tutor with responsibility for setting up individual learning plans, monitoring and tracking progress in 1:1 sessions and UCAS. IV responsibility for HIstory Access assignments. Designing and teaching topic on Aesthetics on the HND in Photography. Designing and teaching an adult education Philosophy course, which ran for three years making a profit for College. Teaching study skills sessions and essay writing sessions.

I achieved a grade one teaching observation grade for each of the last four years of my teaching. I taught on the DTLLS teacher-training programme, mentored new teachers, and maintained data that demonstrated that my A level courses in Philosophy, Government and Politics and Critical Thinking were at or above national average success and achievement rates. My students always achieved 100% success at A2 level. My commitment to engaging people is evidenced by the many nominations from students and from colleagues for the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ awards that I received during my teaching career. I won the award on two separate occasions, once for ‘Engaging and Motivating Learners’ and once for ‘Creating a Positive Community of Learning‘.

Youth worker – Wolverhampton County Council (1996-1998)
Responsible for working with excluded young people; setting up young women’s groups, art projects and outreach work.

Bookseller – Books Etc (1990 – 1995)
Responsible for customer service, stocking social science and humanities books, and banking/cashing up.