I am a Primary Education lecturer for both undergraduate and postgraduate primary teaching courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the University of Wolverhampton.
In 2001 I studied for a BSc in Psychology at Worcester University and it was during my degree that I developed an interest in primary education after taking part in modules that focused on child development, the impact of inner city education and Educational Psychology. In 2004 I went on to complete my Primary PGCE with a specialism in Science at Birmingham City University (formerly University of Central England).
I have worked as a primary school teacher in Worcestershire for the last 10 years and during this time I worked as a Science Co-ordinator. In 2008 and 2009 I was awarded two Bronze Rolls Royce Science Awards; a program that recognises and rewards excellence in science teaching.
In 2009 I worked for the Worcestershire LEA as a Lead Teacher for Literacy supporting schools who were struggling to meet National Average expectations by providing CPD, workshops, coaching and modelling effective practice, shared planning, supporting assessment and target setting.
In 2012 I became a member of a schools Senior Leadership Team and appointed a TLR role with a particular focus on supporting the school to improve their teaching and learning of ICT as part of their School Development Plan (SDP) and as a Key Stage One Leader. It was through this opportunity that I developed an interest in the use of ICT in the classroom, in particular tablet technology. In 2014 I worked alongside the STEM Centre and Rolls Royce developing a primary engineering and mathematics project using Lego Robotics.