Digital Education Specialist and Achievement Coach, Achievement for All
Achievement for All 3As is an award-winning national charity which supports policy makers and schools to improve the aspirations, access and achievement of learners and young people across the UK. The Achievement for All framework improves pupils’ progress, parental engagement, pupil attendance, behaviour and well-being, peer relationships, participation in extra-curricular activities and access to future opportunities for all pupils. Achievement for All has been shown to have a profound impact on the outcomes of vulnerable pupils, including those with SEND, and on school improvement.
My role is an Achievement Coach and I work with Infant, Primary and Secondary schools across the South of England. I have now worked with about a dozen schools in total. These range from the first all-through school in Hampshire (Reception through to Sixth Form) and a Studio School in Southampton, to a rural Primary in Christchurch to a large secondary in the heart of Portsmouth. I visit ‘my’ schools every fortnight to help them to narrow the gap for their students and coach them in terms of school improvement and parental engagement. It is a personalised approach – and I am pleased that schools have asked me to stay in contact with them following their completion of the programme.
My work varies from whole school INSET days, parent focus groups, Teaching Assistant 1:1 coaching, joining curriculum teams to support planning to supporting Leadership Teams with strategy and pre-Inspection guidance. Whatever a school needs, I deliver.
I also work for the team as a Quality Assessment Coach for the Pupil Premium Practice Coaches, as well as being one myself. This means I am qualified in not only assessing schools and their use of PP, but quality assure the work of other coaches doing this.
Most of the work I am doing this year is with the Director of Materials and supporting the development of our online materials and training area, The Bubble.
Writer, Speaker and Agony Aunt,
I am thrilled to be their regular Agony Aunt and ‘Top Contributor’ to InnovateMySchool’s ‘Inspire’ page.
Here are some links to my articles and Agony Aunt responses. My first piece of work, since having the twins, was for the The Innovate My School 2016-17 Guide. I was too excited to contribute to chapters on Digital Learning and Parental Engagement to think twice! We have some TT articles planned for them between now and Spring 2018.
Contributor for The Guardian
It was busy before I went on maternity leave with the twins as a Contributor for The Guardian – and am very proud to be part of the team still Here is a link to my current profile. I am in talks to start writing for them again for 2018.
Last year I was invited to be a panellist for a recent live web chat on ‘How To Use Film Creatively in The Classroom’ by The Guardian and Into Film. This was then used for an blog for The Guardian – see here. My next piece for them on Time Saving Apps for Teachers. Since then I have worked with them on a range of topics from ‘Sexting’ to supporting NQTs. For the latter I was invited to be an expert panelist for a live online chat with the readership. Shortly after this, I was an expert for another ‘The Guardian Careers live web chat’, for those ‘Thinking of A Career in Teaching‘. They then asked me to write for parents. I wrote the ‘Survival Guide‘ for parents – to illustrate how parents can make successful relationships with their child’s teachers.
The Bett Show 2017
I was very thrilled to be invited to lead a Twitter #BettChat in November 2016. Innovate My School asked me to represent them in the run up to the Bett Show in January.
I had just returned to working/ the laptop and it was lovely to be thought of! It was on eSafety and was fun! BETT then contacted me and asked if I would be on their Primary school panel. It was to explore Primary Apps against the context of a lack of funding in schools. I hope people found it beneficial. Since then, I have had lots of app developers contact me to ask for support and picked up a few more followers on Twitter.
I also had time to be filmed for a short film for a new educational YouTube Channel. I hadn’t even taken my bag off or (horror) had a coffee!
Educator Blogger for ViewSonic Education
Contributor for TeachWire (Early Years, Primary and Secondary)
TeachWire and I have recently started working together. I enjoy working with the Editor as I can write about topics from EYFS to Post-16. My recent articles on screen-time are here. I am excited about a new Agony Aunt role with them soon!
EdTech Advocate and Guest Blogger
I am often asked to guest blog – but this was a very special request. I am normally reserved about my personal life, but when I was asked to help inspire other teachers on maternity leave – I jumped at the chance. In my blog I illustrate how resigning from a teaching post enabled me to support more in education than I ever dreamed of. Hope you like it! They have now asked me to be part of the team – as their EdTech Advocate and I am advising them on how remote coaching and learning can support our followers.
Recent Clients and Partnerships
I was thrilled to be part of the award-winning eCadets as an eCadet Officer. I am working with the co-founders to create secondary school resources for their ‘Senior eCadets’ and a range of supportive materials for their eCadet Parents ( using our TechnoTeachers experience and consultancy). They made me part of their team and I could not have been happier! They wanted an accreditation for their eSafety work and a new curriculum to cater for all types of learning environment for young people aged 11-18. It was a huge role. As a result of this, I am a qualified Arts Award Assessor for Level 1-3 courses (Bronze, Silver and Gold – the latter equating to UCAS points) as I needed to become an assessor to write a new curriculum from scratch. The outcome was that the Senior eCadets get both eSafety training and an accreditation for their hard work. It focused upon units and activities focusing upon cyberbullying, digital citizenship, digital footprints and digital employability. This was made available to schools from September 2015 (before maternity leave) as part of the scheme to schools.
My role has changed quickly when I started in 2011 when I started working with Edusites. This includes being the Editor of FilmEdu (an online site for teachers of Film Studies – which I suggested, planning and then managed), Subject Expert for MediaEdu (writing/managing online PR = social media, working with clients and writing marketing materials for the Director), providing both GCSE and A Level classroom resources for EnglishEdu, leading the iTraining section for teacher CPD and the Blog Editor. As part of the Edusites Consultancy Team, I have led workshops for secondary schools across the South of England and provided 1:1 assistance for clients.
I am now working as a copywriter for a number of clients. This work includes helping organisations engage with either schools/ teachers or parents. Before I went on maternity leave, I worked with Media Smart . They are a media literacy organisation, that are funded by the UK advertising industry and supported by both the UK and EU governments.
I edited/provided additional copy for their guide for parents regarding Advertising and Social Media. You can download it here.
Other Projects and Partnerships
Watch this space!
- Gender Neutral schools and Gender Stereotypes #letschoolsbeschools
- Edtech and Business venture (London)