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As an established Supply Teacher based in Rutland, I provide temporary and permanent placements in schools from Peterborough to Leicester, Grantham to Kettering, Rutland County and anywhere in between. I have a reputation for offering a professional service and developing strong personal relationships with each school. I am a fully experienced teacher who brings local knowledge and expertise to the role and have a clear understanding of each school, and it’s individual needs.
I was teaching KS3, KS4 and KS5, with high expectations of my students. Organisation and innovation are amongst my innate skills and I am highly motivated with regard to raising the educational standards of my pupils. I teach transferable skills and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning, to become more independent, resourceful and conscientious.
I demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge and ensure I keep up to date with the fast, ever changing and developing Art world. I teach a variety of 2d and 3d schemes of work which provides my pupils with a diverse range of practical skills and the comprehension of critical and contextual concepts.
I adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils. I am therefore confident and experienced in challenging high achieving, gifted and talented pupils, as well as engaging and supporting less able students and those with SEN and EAL needs.
I aim to contribute to the wider community life of the school by fulfilling broader professional responsibilities. I have utilized my professional dance education a number of times and am always willing to go the extra mile. I develop relationships naturally and establish a strong rapport with colleagues, parents and the pupils I teach.
I ran lunch-time and after-school Art Clubs, as well as Saturday intervention groups for the GCSE and A-level students
Learning Support Teacher - Park Hall School, Birmingham
Sept 2005 - July 2006 (11 months)
The fundamental responsibility of my role was supporting students and teaching staff in the learning environment. Support included one-to-one assistance with literacy, language skills and numeracy, or it took the form of note-taking in class or providing individual and/or group support in the classroom under the guidance and supervision of the teaching staff, in all class subjects.
I gained extensive knowledge of the different types of SEN and strategies of how to deal with each need specifically. I produced a number of resources for use in ‘differentiation’ in a wide variety of subjects. Flexibility was key and where possible, dependent upon the support required, utilising personal strengths was integrated.
I was responsible for the administration of pupils IEP’s and documents to monitor their progress. I ran and supported the ‘School Homework Club’ and “Handwriting Club” with small groups of pupils with significant success. I attended various training courses to learn about the numerous needs of the pupils I was supporting and how best to support them.
Dancer - Princess Cruises & Sun Cruises
Apr 2001 - Mar 2005 (1 year 9 months)
I performed a wide variety of dance styles including: Lyrical Jazz, Broadway Jazz & Contemporary Pop (with strong technical control; jumps, leaps turns, extensions all interwoven into contemporary choreography) and Modern Ballet. My art skills were utilised and I offered pottery classes onboard.
My initial role was as a dancer, performing two shows per evening. My Cruise Staff duties included assisting the Entertainment Director; providing passenger activities, socialising, hosting special events, providing entertainment for the ‘Junior Sailors' and Teens Club. I utilized my education in Art and Textile and Design and was invited to be the Arts & Crafts Teacher on board, provided classes in painting, ceramics and various craft projects for adults and children.
In 2002 I was promoted to Head Dancer/Line Captain. I managed a team of 8 entertainers including dancers and vocalists. I was responsible for the planning of rehearsals, re-blocking choreography, backstage organisation, costume maintenance, team punctuality, appearance and performance standards. I also produced set designs because of my artistic skills and willingness to fulfil wider responsibilities on-board.
Art: Contemporary, Street, Ceramics, Mixed Media
Dance: Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre
Textiles: Design, Fashion, Card Making, Crafting, Homewares
Roehampton University, London
PGCE, Art & Design, Qualified Teacher Status
2006 - 2007 Skill Tests passed (numeracy, literary & ICT
University of Central England, Birmingham
BA Hons, Textile Design, 2.1
1997 - 2000
City Technology College, Birmingham
GNVQ’s, Art & Design, Distinction
1995 - 1997 Intermediate: Art and Design - Distinction, Advanced: Art & Design - Distinction
City Technology College, Birmingham
1990 - 1995 GCSE: English Language & Literature, History - B, Maths, Double Science, D.T., Dance - C
After completing my Degree in Textile Design, I followed my secondary passion, Dance, and worked aboard cruise ships for four years. I found the work to be diverse and engaging whilst affording the opportunity to travel extensively and experience other cultures and religions. Essentially, I enjoyed being part of a team and developed strong working relationships effortlessly. Upon returning to the UK I decided to pursue my primary passion, Art and Design. I had often considered teaching and gained employment as an LSA to investigate the possibilities. I love working with children and found the teaching aspect incredibly gratifying. I am a hard working, enthusiastic, and ambitious individual looking for diversity in my teaching career. My success as a teacher is a result of excellent organisational and communication skills combined with my attention to detail and innate creative capabilities. I do not consider teaching to be a job, but a passion!
More recently, having danced for more than twenty years and recognising the important experiences and social skills it provided me with, I opened Curtain Upp Stage School to provide local children with the opportunity of investigating their own creative skills, from ballet to tap, acrobatics to modern dance.
Lead Teacher of Art & Design - Phoenix High School, London
Jan 2013 - Apr 2013 (4 months) Cover
I led and co-ordinated the School Improvement Plan initiatives within the Art Department at the behest of the Assistant Head Teacher in order to raise attainment of all students and support in the development of targeted areas of learning, to meet school targets.
I improved and executed strategies, including the process of school self-evaluation, processes and systems for quality assurance within my subject specialism. I understand and practice teaching & learning management, whilst effectively managing people, planning and resources.
My key accountabilities included monitoring and evaluating pupil progress targets. I identified departmental aims and targets in order to contribute positively to the fulfilment of the School Improvement Plan. Consequently, I provided regular progress updates to the Senior Leadership Team to ensure both they and governors were fully aware of all successes, issues and concerns. I worked with other Lead Learners and Senior Leadership team members in the delivering of whole school initiatives and promotion of innovative teaching and learning developments.
I have outstanding skills in self-awareness social-awareness, self management and relationship management.
Cover Teacher - Rutland & Neighbouring Counties
Apr 2013 - Present (5 years)
In April 2013, I moved to the East Midlands because of my husbands role with a national television company. I decided to set-up my own business and continue to work as a cover teacher throughout the nearby counties via Mana Education and Textbook Teachers. Usually, I teacher a wide variety of subjects, generally supervise work that has been set by the school, manage the behaviour of pupils to ensure a constructive environment, respond to questions from pupils, collect completed work after the lesson and returning it to the appropriate teacher, report as appropriate using the school's agreed referral procedures on the behaviour of pupils during the class.
Teacher of Art - Phoenix High School, London
Sept 2007 - Jan 2012 (5 years, 4 months)
1) I’ll arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the day.
2) I’m up-to-date on curriculum issues and will facilitate continued professional development.
3) I can provide my own classroom resources, so that I can stand alone in emergency bookings.
4) I mark any written work and will leave the classroom tidy and ready for the next day.
5) I always leave a comprehensive handover note for the class teacher that I am covering.
5 Reasons to Hire Me as a Cover Teacher
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