Experience and Values
I'm a qualified Science teacher with an MSc in Sexual Health Education, a post graduate diploma in Professional Practice in PSHE and a Department of Education PSHE Certificate. Over the last ten years I have been elected (and re-elected) to sit on the Sex Education Forum Advisory Council before becoming of their founding trustees until the end of 2022. I was awarded life membership of the PSHE Association in 2014, in that same year I was a shortlisted for Sexual Health Professional of the Year.
I was previously a head of PSHE in a secondary school, SRE Adviser for the London Borough of Enfield and an HIV education adviser for the London Boroughs of Enfield and Haringey.
I have written and contributed to many local and national schemes of work including Medway RSE Program, SENSE CD's and DO… RSE for Schools , The Sex and History Project as well as written many articles for national press.
I now work as an Education Consultant working for various local authorities, universities, individual schools and trusts and It Happens Education.
I founded the RespreSENt Campaign including designing the name, logo and website. This campaign is now actively looking to set up a new specialist educational provision in the Bath and North East Somerset area.
My first book was a children’s book explaining aspects of serious mental illness (psychosis) “Pretend Friends” using the idea that children have pretend friends and that's okay, but when grown ups have 'pretend friends' things can be a little more complicated. The book aimed to help children understand when people close to them are experiencing hallucinations. Although now out of print when I find time I would like to release it as a free PDF download.
My second book Great Relationships and Sex Education, 200+ Activity Ideas for Educators of young people was published in 2019 and is extremely popular with RSE educators. This book is for teachers, school nurses and youth workers. It offers 203 different RHSE activities for educators to select from that would work best for their cohort of young people.
My third book - The Sensory Aware Schools Toolkit will be out in 2024. This book aims to support schools to understand, and make accomodations for, sensory needs and enable the school community to work together to create and ethos of sensory wellbeing for everyone in the community not just the neurodivergent learners.
Current specialisms include offering interactive online training 'masterclasses' for school staff. I regularly work with school leaders, parents and young people to develop RSHE and SEND provision. I'm currently particularly interested in the intersection of neurodiversity and RSHE and adapting RHSE for SEND learners as well as focusing on Sensory needs and wellbeing for staff, students and parents.
I am a mum of three (two with SEND), and the RSHE I provide is created keeping them in mind. I have first hand experience of how RSHE has the power to change school cultures for the better. We need to provide RSHE that is evidence based, shaped by young people's needs with clear understanding how to create safe yet critical spaces for discussion.