I have worked in the area of essential skills since 1981. I began as a part time sessional tutor and gradually progressed into a permanent teaching/management post. In my last job I was manager, for 10 years, of the essential skills department in a large FE college in the East Midlands. The provision there was largely community based and included two open learning centres, a large amount of family literacy/numeracy provision as well as provision within the college.
I have undertaken consultancy work with the Basic Skills Agency, LSDA, SVUK, LLU+ and CfBT, and for a short time I was seconded to work in the Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit. I was involved with the editing of materials for the Core Curriculum training and delivered on many of the Train the Trainer events, as well as delivering the Core Curriculum training for literacy I have a specialist qualification in supporting dyslexic learners and am also particularly interested in family literacy, language and numeracy provision, and teacher training.
Most recently, I have been working for the QIA under the Skills for Life Improvement Programme as a Training Needs Analysis advisor. In addition, I have been involved in the Professional Recognition Scheme as an adjudicator and panel member.
This year I will be teaching on the Diplomas for Adult Literacy Teachers and Adult Numeracy Teachers and a PTLLS.
I have an MBA in Education Management in which I studied the Management of Change in Basic Skills for my dissertation.
I have been a Skills for Life teacher for 7 years and a teacher trainer for 4 years. Much of my work before joining the Centre was in the Further Education sector and most recently, I worked in an integrated college for students with disabilities so I have lots of knoweldge and experience of the impact that certain physical and psychological conditions have on learning. In addition, I am familiar with enabling technology and accessibility issues.
My areas of expertise are literacy and language, Pre-Entry Level, IT and disability / learning difficulties. At the Essential Skills Centre, I have delivered training on IT for literacy, language and numeracy tutors, as well as courses in basic skills awareness, differentiation in ESOL teaching, improving publicity and grammar for teachers. I have also delivered the national teacher qualifications related to literacy and ESOL, Core Curriculum, Pre-Entry Level Curriculum and Access for All. In addition, I have carried out training and consultancy work for Tribal CTAD, the Basic Skills Agency and NIACE and was a trainer for the recent NIACE Learning for Living pathfinder project.
I have a Masters degree in Post-Compulsory Education, specialising in disability, and the Warwick University Diploma for Teacher Trainers.
I have been involved with Skills for Life teaching for the past 17 years. I have taught literacy and numeracy in many contexts: family literacy and numeracy; adults with learning difficulties; probation; adult and community learning; teaching assistants and embedded literacy and numeracy.
I have delivered Step into Learning and Family Language, Literacy and Numeracy (FLLN) on a national level for the Basic Skills Agency.
For the past 11 years, I was a Programme Area Manager at Leicester College. This role was a combination of management duties and a substantial teaching commitment. I love teaching so this was a very satisfying job. For the majority of my time as a 'PAM', I was managing the family learning provision. During this time, I was fortunate enough to be involved in the development of the Keeping up with the Children programmes - you may have seen the videos!
My last year at Leicester College was spent managing and teaching on the Level 5 Literacy Diploma.
I have now left Leicester and Leicester College. I am living in Shropshire and at the moment I am working part time for WMCETT (West Midlands Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training). I am also supporting Elaine and Sara on their courses. I will be involved with, amongst other things, observations, mentoring and marking portfolios.
In addition to working at the University, I am an IfL adviser for the West Midlands. Please feel free to contact me with any IfL queries.
I've been involved in Skills for Life, as a teacher and manager, since 1985, and have worked in London, the West Midlands & East Midlands. I started off in the voluntary sector, working with young offenders, before moving into local authority adult education. My most recent job was in an FE college in Leicestershire, where I managed Skills for Life provision in the college, community, and workplace. I left the college at the start of 2008, to become a self-employed consultant and trainer.
My subject specialism is in numeracy, though I also have extensive experience of teaching adult literacy and IT. I have a particular interest in teacher training and CPD, and previously co-developed and taught a numeracy subject specialist course in an FE college. My other current interests are embedded literacy and numeracy, and whole organisational approaches to Skills for Life.
I originate from Dudley, though now live in Nottingham. When I'm not working, my interests include music, cinema, and (dare I say it) football. I also enjoy travelling to different parts of the globe, when I get a chance.
After an initial career as a primary school teacher I began working in Adult Basic Education, as it was then, almost thirty years ago. I have taught and managed numeracy and literacy in several different colleges, through all the developments and changes of the Skills for Life strategy and beyond. I have also managed programmes for people with learning difficulties and disabilities, foundation learning and ESOL. I developed a particular interest in working with dyslexic learners.
From 2004 I worked in the East of England as an adviser for the Move On programme and Skills for Life Improvement Programme. I had the opportunity to work with a very wide range of providers, employers and other groups. I was particularly involved in Train to Gain, in positive promotion and ‘culture changing’ towards numeracy and in the development of the Move On Numeracy Learner Route.
I have been freelance since September 2010 and am enjoying a variety of work, including a return to teaching numeracy learners, as an online tutor for McDonalds' apprentices, and to supporting tutor development through my work at Warwick.