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Summary

I recently moved from Valencia, Spain to Brighton at the end of July 2018. I grew up in Northern Ireland, studied in Scotland and have really enjoyed living and working in several different places. Upon my arrival in Brighton I have been working as a supply primary teacher to gain a deeper knowledge of the local areas and schools. I have also been working with a charity called Extratime providing 1:1 support for children and young people with a range of special educational needs.

Whilst working closely with children and young people, both at Extratime and in local schools, I have been coming into contact with many who would benefit from some specialist support. This has further developed my existing interest in working more intensively with children and young people to meet their growing needs. It's becoming more well known that there's a strong need for more support around children's emotional well-being and mental health. I have seen first-hand the challenges this presents  for families, children & young people, educators and councils in a variety of different settings.

 I am hoping to find a job opportunity whereby I can really make a difference for those children and families I meet, who are struggling each day and don't know where or who to turn to. 

Work History

Sep. 2018Present

Supply Primary Teacher

Supply Desk - Brighton

To effectively teach designated pupils and to undertake associated pastoral and general teaching duties in order to provide high quality and continuity of education to pupils in the absence of their 'regular' class teacher.

Jul. 2018Present

Play & Youth Worker

Extratime - Portslade

Working as part of a team to support children and young people with a wide range of abilities and interests to have fun, try new things and make new friends. Contributing positively by providing safe, creative and challenging opportunities for play and leisure activities. Working 1:1 with children who have disabilities, complex medical needs or conditions which require specialist support

Aug. 2016Jun. 2018

Year 1 Teacher

British School of Valencia - Valencia

Teaching the English national curriculum to a key stage one class in Valencia, Spain. Using knowledge and techniques used and learned in Britain to deliver the curriculum to a mainly Spanish speaking class of children. Planning, assessing, reporting and working collaboratively with colleagues in order to create an enriching and active classroom environment. 

Jun. 2016Jul. 2016

Grade 2 Teacher

American School of Valencia - Summer School - Valencia

Teaching at the American School of Valencia summer school for the month of July. Teaching English to Grade 2 with a total immersion method - speaking English at all times. My role involved planning for all classes, teaching other classes for rotational activities, taking the class on field trips and ensuring pupils were learning English at an appropriate pace and level during the month.

Dec. 2015May 2016

Supply Primary Teacher

Glasgow City Council - Glasgow

Same as above

Nov. 2014Dec. 2015

Regional Fundraising Manager (community) - Scotland

Barnardo's - Home based

Managing and working with volunteers, individuals, community groups, schools, colleges, universities, local businesses and Barnardo's fundraising helper groups to maximise the voluntary income raised for Barnardo's children's services.

Aug. 2014Oct. 2014

Supply Primary Teacher

Glasgow City Council - Glasgow

Same as above

Aug. 2013Jul. 2014

Primary Teacher

The Moray Council - Forres

Planning and preparing courses and lessons. Teaching the pupils assigned to the class, according to their educational needs including the setting and marking of work to be carried out by the pupils in school and elsewhere. Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils.

Feb. 2012Jun. 2013

Childcarer

Supermums - Edinburgh

Relief and personalised child care work for a range of individual and company establishments across the City of Edinburgh; nurseries, crèches, afterschool clubs, community centres and private clients.

Education, Qualifications and Training

Sep. 2009Jun. 2013

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Primary Education with Honours (2:1)

University of Edinburgh

My teaching expertise and experience were developed through modular studies and multiple long term placements.

Sep. 2018

Full Paediatric First Aid Course (12 hours)

Tigerlilly Training
Jul. 2018

Course - Safeguarding Children: Adults working with children

Brighton Council
Jul. 2018

Basic epilepsy awareness session including administration of Buccolam in an emergency

Brighton and Sussex NHS Trust
Jul. 2018

Course - English in Early Childhood: Language learning and development

British Council

Additional Skills and Experience

I am confident with my ICT skills and proficient in Microsoft word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. I can confidently use an interactive whiteboard and a variety of other educational programmes designed to assist teachers in delivering the curriculum. 

Voluntary experience:

  • Working with community arts groups providing activities for children with additional support needs
  • Working at a Romanian summer camp for underprivileged children and teaching English to 30 children in rural Romania
  • President of a university society which raised funds and awareness for the global sanitation charity; WaterAid

Others describe me as caring, committed, highly organised and flexible. I enjoy reading, hill walking, playing hockey and board games and meeting new people.