I am a committed education practitioner who has gained a considerable amount of varied experience during my career. I have a firm belief in providing good, research based approaches to education and the education of the whole child. My managerial and pedagogical experience has provided me with a good basis upon which to now build. Through my research, I will develop theories of reflective practice within my teaching and am seeking opportunities to establish myself within the realms of academic writing and publication. Having worked in mainly a secondary setting with responsibility for German and then as a Faculty Co-ordinator in MFL, I became interested in primary languages. I worked for eighteen months as an Advisory Teacher for primary German in Liverpool with children from Foundation stage to the end of Key Stage Two. I was a CILT approved trainer and have presented at the Primary Languages Show. I have worked at MMU since 2005.
I am the German tutor on the Secondary PGCE in MFL and the Primary PGCE in MFL. I have been the lead for admissions, have led units in primary MFL, have been a cohort leader for the BA Primary degree and was an Associate Teaching and Learning Fellow.
My research, academic enterprise interests include identity and professional identity within ITT and schools. Since 2008 I have undertaken research as part of the Education Doctorate. I am currently writing my thesis.
Until my year abroad as part of my undergraduate degree, I had no desire to teach. It was not until I spent a great deal of time in classrooms in Germany that I realised that teaching was my chosen career. Following this experience, I gained further insights into teaching and learning in England, which led to my participation with a PGCE programme.
I don't believe that my fundamental beliefs of education have changed significantly during the past twenty years, indeed working within the faculty of education, my subject and educatio beliefs have only become stronger. I don't believe that educational success is simply measured by a set of data. I believe that schools should educate the whole child for their future and as teachers, we play a fundamental role in the development of our pupils. I also believe in equality for all within education.
Teaching is my vocation. No day is ever the same and I soon realised that as a teacher, you never cease learning. I have gained a great deal from working with my oustanding colleagues and students over the past decade and I really enjoy the engagement with our students. I have really enjoyed analysing the pedagogy of my subject area but I have equally enjoyed engaging in units which promote the development of the teacher persona, such as professional studies on both the secondary and primary units.
As a linguist, I find that communication is one of my strengths and I ensure that I consistently communicate with the teams in which I work. I am a firm believer in forward planning and punctuality and would like to think that this ensures trust, credibility and reliability in everything that I do. I am a personal pastoral tutor to some sixty students each academic year and I have been a whole year cohort leader. A greater aspect of this work is the monitoring of the personal well being of the individual students. I have been CEOPS trained and have a good understanding of pupil and student safeguarding and provide the professional practice seminar and lecture each year.
My approach to teaching is very simple, I see each student as an individual who brings something unique to teaching. I see my responsibilty as using my knowledge and experience to facilitate the professional and knowledge development of each individual student. My work is not just about leading students to assessments but to enhance their knowledge and understanding of pedagogy which will prepare them for the classrooms of the future. I am very proud of my supervision of undergraduate research.
2008- Present Day Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester
Doctor of Education Research Focus: How the professional identity changes in MFL pre service teachers throughout the PGCE year.
1997 – 2005 Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park. Liverpool
MSC in Education Management
Research focus: The impact of primary modern foreign languages on the transition into secondary schools.
1994 – 1995 The Department of Education, The University of Liverpool
P.G.C.E. Postgraduate Certificate in Education, German and French.
1990 – 1994 The Department of German and Dutch, The Universityof Liverpool
Degree B.A. Hons German with Dutch
1988 – 1990 St Helens College St Helens
1988 – 1990 Rainhill High School Rainhill
Advanced Level. German French History General Studies
1983 – 1988 Prescot Comprehensive School Prescot
G.C.S.E. Mathematics English Language French German English Literature Modular Science Latin History
2005- Present day Manchester Metropolitan University,
Faculty of Education Manchester
Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training (Secondary PGCE, Primary Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Masters Education)
PGCE MFL subject leader (Secondary PGCE- both core and School Direct, 2013-14). I have designed the programme, organized the placements for the students, designed and managed the VLE, set reading lists, organized external examiner visits, organized assessment and moderation. PGCE Secondary Professional Practice Tutor. I provide the initial safeguarding lecture and seminar. I also designed the
professional behavior seminar with a colleague and this forms the initial part of professional practice. German Tutor for Secondary PGCE (both Core and School Direct). I am responsible for the German cohort each academic year. I lead on the seminars around Intercultural Understanding, careers, reflective practice, career planning, research methods. All sessions are taught through the German language were possible. I am a Primary BA undergraduate MFL tutor and have been a Year Three BA primary undergraduate cohort tutor (year leader, 2014-15). This has involved the organization of the induction week, organizing outside guests to address the student cohort, pastoral care, the monitoring of needs and target setting and the running of SSCFS. In the academic year 204-15 I was an Associate Teaching and Learning Fellow for the primary programmes, this involved having responsibilty for chairing an Assessment Working Group with the view to bring change and to improve upon current approaches to assessment, improving Teaching and Learning through the implementation of whole university strategies and beginning to establish faculty the teaching and learning sharing of good practice. In 2014-15 I was a Secondary PGCE Partnership Tutor. This involved the management of a partnership cluster, the running of regular meetings, the facilitation and running of mentor training, the compilation and completion of Qualtity assurance of the training within each school and the facilitation of student placements. I am currently undertaking consultancy work through ESRI by working with fellow ESRI students and Teach First to facilitate a School Improvement Plan in schools in the Knowsley area. I was, for a number of years the BA Undergraduate lead for recruitment and admissions (2006- 2013). I coordinated all interviews, made decisions on candidates, attended and led open days, provided support and presentations for local FE and Access providers, gained a full knowledge of level two and three qualifications. I maintained a database of interviewed candidates, which led to the formation of key data for tracking across the undergraduate primary course. This data was also used to report to the Dean of Education and the Head of Primary on a regular basis. I was also the Primary MFL unit leader across both PGCE and BA Undergraduate (2006-2013). I designed course, produced all of the materials for teaching and designed assessments. I managed moderation and produced annual reports. My HEA recognition application is in progress. I am an External examiner for Edge Hill, KS2/3 degree (MFL) and Secondary MFL PGCE course and at Chester University for the Secondary PGCE MFL course. I am at the Second Stage of the University’s Contribution Zone I was a member of the then TDA French National Consultative Group (2008-2009). This group would meet four times per year. During the meetings, policy, assessment and new ways of working would be determined for the whole national programme. I was part of the a TDA videoconferencing German project, which involved working with schools and presenting at conference. I worked with the schools, I collected data, and I visited student teachers and presented the findings at a national TDA sponsored conference. I was also part of initial ILL (Integrated Language Learning) project. I led the initial bid for the funding of this project and recruited schools; a colleague further developed this. Gained funding through bids for facilitating school exchange projects, extra students for the German Primary PGCE route and for the teaching of German to these students. The funding enabled us to recruit a supplementary number of students who did not meet the initial entry requirements for the Modern Language route. I was then able to lead and prepare their subject knowledge for a placement in Germany. I also used the school funding bid to engage further schools, which provided good placements for student teachers on the MFL route. We were also able to trial Asset languages and use the Languages Ladder due to my funding bid with the TDA.
2003-2005 Liverpool LA Liverpool
Advisory Teacher of Primary Modern Foreign Languages. I taught German in two base primary schools, EYS, KS1& KS2, trained teachers to teach German in their own classrooms, co-wrote and implemented Local Authority wide Schemes of Work and Policies. I also quality assured teaching and learning in both schools and of Language Assistants across the authority, represented the authority at conferences and presented at Primary Languages specific conferences. I was part of the trial of the KS2 Framework for Modern Languages and part of the trial of HMI inspectors of Primary Languages.
2001 - 2003 Bowring Comprehensive School Huyton
Curriculum Leader for Modern Languages. I managed the department, the departmental budget and resources, worked with a HMI inspector on leading a department and ensuring quality of provision. I taught French to GCSE, PSHE, was a form tutor and also taught year eight History. I was responsible for examination entry and choice, designing the timetable and the taught curriculum. I was responsible for the QA of teaching and learning within the department. I completed the Middle Management Training six-week part time course (Based upon the Derbyshire Model).
1998 – 2003 Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
School German Exchange Co - coordinator for the Borough of Knowsley (this post ran consecutively with the above post and the post below) I Lead the exchange across all schools within the Borough. I was responsible for all safeguarding and risk assessment, designed guidelines on safety on trips for the authority, liaised with key leaders in both the German and English school authority, held a budget, designed timetables of activities for visits and hosts, safeguarded children staying with host families. I also represented the authority on a civic level, maintained public relations meeting with key figures, such as the mayor in both Germany and the UK.
1998 – 2001 Prescot Comprehensive School Prescot
Head of German . I led German teaching, designed and updated the curriculum and resources, led the examinations in the subject, completed the QA of teaching and learning and taught French to GCSE
1996 – 1998 Prescot Community College Prescot
Teacher of conversational Spanish to adults to Graded Test Level 2
1995 – 1996 Prescot Community College Prescot
Teacher of G.C.S.E. French Evening Class
1995 – 1998 Fred Longworth High School Tyldesley
Classroom teacher of German and French. I taught German and French to Key Stage Four, designed and updated the curriculum and resources, led the examinations in the subject area of German, ran school visits to Germany and established links with a school.
Throughout my career, I have developed my administrative skills; I have worked independently and scheduled my own workload effectively whilst employed at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am able to manage my time and can prioritize workloads well. I have worked and led in many teams effectively and have managed conflict during more difficult times. During my Masters in Education Management, I undertook a module that focused upon team working dynamics. At least half of the modules undertaken for this degree formed part of the NPQH qualification. I feel that I operate a collegial approach to my management that is fair but ensures that deadlines are met and that the work is completed successfully. My management style has been fine-tuned through my attendance of training whilst at Knowsley and has been put into practice ever since then. I have played a significant role in the development of primary languages whilst working within my current HEI and have used every opportunity possible to sustain and forward plan. I have taught CPD as part of a Master’s programme within a local authority and have supervised dissertation students. I am able to confidently work with levels 4-7 marking grids and use electronic means of marking. I am familiar with reporting to examination boards and regulations at university level, analyzing data and providing reports. Assessment design is also an area in which I have a great deal of experience and I have successfully led and designed different aspects of assessment in Modern Languages for a number of years, including research methods in particular.
German (fairly fluent)
Dutch (Occasional use)
French (Good working knowledge)
External examiner for Edge Hill University - KS2/3 degree (MFL) (2011-2015) and Secondary MFL PGCE course (2012-)
External examiner for the University of Chester- Secondary MFL PGCE course (2015-)