Prior to joining the Essential Skills Resource Centre five years ago, I was a Skills for Life teacher for eight years. Most of my work has been 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, language, Pre-Entry Level, IT, disability and learning difficulties. At the Essential Skills Centre, I have delivered skills-based training on themes such as IT for literacy, numeracy and ESOL tutors, basic skills awareness, differentiation in ESOL teaching, improving publicity and grammar for teachers. I have also delivered national programmes including Core Curriculum, Pre-Entry Level Curriculum and Access for All. Through the Centre I have carried out training and consultancy work for CTAD, BSA and NIACE and was a trainer on the NIACE Learning for Living pathfinder project.
My most recent work has been predominantly on Warwick University accredited courses. I am directly involved in the development, delivery and assessment of the Warwick University subject specialist Diplomas, flexible versions. I have also developed the Award in E-Learning for Teachers and Trainers and the Award in Essential Skills Awareness, which were new courses in 2008.
I have a Masters degree in Post-Compulsory Education, specialising in disability and the Warwick University Diploma for Teacher Trainers.
I live in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, with my husband John and Mia the cat. However, I am from North Lincolnshire originally and I am very proud of my agricultural and northern roots! My chief interests are gardening, music and photography. I enjoy visiting historical sites, gardens and art galleries as well as keeping up with my friends and family as often as I can!