I head up this project as Lead Educationalist. I am a qualified Teacher, I have taught all ages, but have spent the last decade in Secondary, teaching Dance, Citizenship and Maths – quite the odd combination I know! I have just completed a 2-year secondment within the Senior Leadership Team at an inner-city school and have now been seconded into this role within Solent NHS Trust. I am a member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and in turn our project is now also quality assured by this organisation.
As a teacher, I have seen first-hand the diverse socio-economic make-up of our area. Since working as an Education Outreach Worker on the 350+ Programme, I have come to realise that the NHS is the perfect vehicle to support employment and a fruitful career for so many. Enabling social mobility is at the heart of the 350+ Programme. 350+ sessions demonstrate to every student, that whatever their interests, academic ability, ethnicity, sexuality…the NHS will develop, support and nurture their staff throughout their career in the organisation.
With over ten years’ experience within secondary education, I have worked at all levels. Throughout my two-year secondment to the Senior Leadership Team at Priory School I led on both strategic and operational tasks, whilst upholding the spirit and values of the Multi-Academy Trust. I understand the restrictions and constraints on schools pre and post COVID; the statutory and subject curriculum and the operational challenges.
I have been Careers Lead at an inner-city state secondary school since July 2018, completing my Level 7 postgraduate qualification in Careers Leadership at Warwick University in June 2019. This opportunity gave me a greater incite into the power of careers education, and as such I joined the Careers Development Institute (CDI) as a Registered Careers Development Professional. This organisation has been a fabulous source of CPD and continues to keep me update-to-date with the latest government foci and educational directives.
I love being in the classroom. I love ‘seeing the light come on’. So many students have had to ‘live in the moment’ because of the pandemic, but I have seen students ‘dare to look ahead’ again while engaging with the 350+ sessions. They leave with a focus, with a goal, and an achievable route into a job that suits them. The work within the SEND and PRU settings has been particularly rewarding as traditionally these types of provision house students who struggle in a mainstream setting; the forgotten students. I admire how the 350+ Programme mirrors the values of the NHS with its inclusive offer to those types of educational settings too.
I have ambitious plans for the growth of the 350+ programme. My aim was to provide quality careers education for students aged 5 – 18yrs, but I have since discovered that even at undergraduate and masters level there are still students who lack the knowledge to make an informed career choice. ‘You don’t know what you don’t know’, and I am determined to reach every student in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight region at some point in their academic journey.
I have very much enjoyed working within a Team that values each other’s skills, that respects each other’s strengths, supports each other; whole-heartedly embodying the NHS values. It is so refreshing to feel so appreciated.
I am a driven, aspirational and caring individual, who has a genuine desire to improve the life chances of young people. I believe my heart-felt commitment to that is demonstrated in my delivery of the 350+ sessions; they are positive, inspiring and engaging. I would love the opportunity to work with more young people though the 350+ programme and meet the NHS workforce of the future. A workforce full of invested individuals who have found where they belong because of our programme.