1. When did you first start working in Education?
2. What attracted you to the job?
3. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing students smiling and being proud and confident of their achievements.
4. What frustrates you?
The Government / Local Authority making decisions which doesn’t seem to be in the best interests of the student because of other high profile factors such as money.
5. What are you most proud of?
I am proud of all my students and each of their individual achievements, from those who have the courage to overcome their fears and sing in front of a school audience to those who have not been in school for years and take the leap of faith everyday that their teachers and the school will know what support they need.
6. How do you think the system could be changed to improve chances for looked after children/students?
By thinking of students as individuals with their own needs and not pigeon holing students in particular groups of needs. Having expectations of all students to achieve the best they can rather than a predefined level of qualification which is then the only one excepted as achieving by society.
7. When you’re not at work, how do you like to relax?
Volunteer dog walking usually at the beach or around the Kent countryside, visiting friends, going to the gym.
8. Tell us one thing about you that no-one else knows.
I have a Green Blue Peter badge which I won writing a “rap” about recycling.