Background and Experience: By Nicole

200507_nicole_abley_resizedI started as a secondary English teacher in an Outstanding secondary school in 2002. After mentoring NQTs, creating a glossy school magazine (a throw back to my pre-education career in advertising, marketing and PR), improving Literacy across the school, being graded ‘Outstanding’ as both a classroom teacher and middle manager, and setting up Media Studies A Level for over 110 students in my first years of teaching (including being an A Level examiner for OCR, working with Vodafone and a trip to LA), I was presented with a Teaching Award for ‘Outstanding New Teacher’.

UnknownThis led to incredible opportunities, including writing for the BBC and GTC, being headhunted to help establish a new Labour Academy ‘paperless’ school to deliver multimedia from Year 7 -13 (including GCSE, BTEC and A Level), and then awarded Advanced Skills Teacher (Media and New Technologies) status. I was then promoted to ‘Head of School’ for a ‘schools-within-schools’ and part of the Senior Leadership Team. From here I then gained experience at an ‘Oustanding’ school in Surrey and a Trust school in Shirley, Southampton. In both schools, my role on the Leadership Team was to improve Teaching and Learning standards across the school; this included leading various teacher training workshops from improving teacher standards to using technology in lessons, to ‘trouble shoot’ barriers to learning. I was then asked to cast my net a little further. Surrey council asked me to create and lead an AST network across the county, I worked with both Sony and Apple in order to improve technology integration, and started to work nationally a Media GCSE text book published by Tribal. As part of my outreach work, I also worked with Primary schools and SEND schools, focusing on eLearning and literacy.

Whilst on maternity leave, I was keen to continue this support for others outside of the classroom, and I worked whilst my son napped as an online freelancer. I spent my time writing another Media book (this time a GCSE Media guide on production planning for the online site ZigZag), then returning to OCR as an A Level Media Studies moderator. Following this, I started to time with Edusites; beginning my online role, initially  creating resources for Media teachers. I then was asked to delivered 1:1 school workshops for teachers (clients), was the lead author of aUnknown-3n ‘iTraining’ area for CPD, contributed to the English sister site and was then asked to be the Editor of FilmEdu. I also took a hand at raising the profile of the resource sites online through forums, Twitter and with external bodies including musuems and other online English sites – before being the Blog Editor too.

As this went well, and suited my home life, I then decided to work for myself and started as a private Coach in the South of England. This led (2012) to my first role for the charity, Achievement for All. I worked initially with several Primary and Secondary schools in Christchurch, Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester, with one aim – to narrow the gap for the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and lowest achieving students. This is done by focusing upon leadership. teaching and learning, parental engagement and wider outcomes. In July 2017, became a Pupil Premium Achievement Coach (with specialist training for both AFA schools and non-AFA) and then started to work in the Materials Team. Here I write materials for our Achievement Coaches and schools on a range of educational training and research topics.

In my ‘spare’ tUnknown-1ime, as the co-author of  TechnoTeaching: Taking Practice to The Next Level in the Digital Age, and co-Founder of TechnoTeachers we are working with a range of clients. See Current Work for more information.


2 thoughts on “Background and Experience: By Nicole”

  1. Hi Nicole! I am a teacher and could relate to all in your article re tips for teaching teachers. Alas, the Innovate your school website would not allow me to submit the comment below, so here it is.Thank you for the tips if ever I get to present at my school. Good luck with all future directions.

    Greta Martin
    Stage 3 Teacher
    Manly Village Public School
    Manly 2095

    1. Thank you so much for getting in contact with me. Especially from Manly! I lived there for a while inbetween university and a career! I have forwarded this onto the Editor at IMY. I am thrilled that you read it and it struck a chord. So kind of you to make contact!

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