I qualified as a primary school teacher in July 2001. I spent the early part of my career working in KS1 (Years 1 and 2) whilst also offering private tuition outside of school hours.
I moved overseas (to New Zealand) at the beginning of 2005 where I followed a slightly different career path and ended up working at the University of Auckland (in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences).
I returned to England in 2012 and took up a post in a primary school at the start of 2013. During the next 6 years I worked across both KS1 and KS2 and experienced teaching in every year group. This gave me the benefit of seeing how children progress from the start of their school career to leaving at the end of primary school and allowed me to see the fundamental skills that a child would need within each year group (as well as any gaps that they had).
I began as an alternative provision tutor at the beginning of January 2020 working on a one-to-one basis with children in KS3 unable to access education through a mainstream route. This was something that had always been a passion of mine having had a close family member receive their education in this way due to a long term illness. I realised that children, working closely with a trained educator, are able to make huge progress in their learning whatever their circumstances.
As a parent, I understand that all children are different, and what works for one child, will not always work for another. I treat all children as individuals and tailor the learning to them.
I work on the premise that everyone has the potential to achieve and enjoy working with children individually (or as part of a small group) to make this happen.