I have been teaching at The King’s School since qualifying as a teacher in 2004. Within 18 months, I was appointed as leader for Business Studies. In this current role, I have introduced BTEC and embedded vocational courses into the curriculum at Levels 2 and 3, moving away from the traditional GCSE route. This has proven successful, achieving a 100% pass rate for the last six years since introduction. I have also implemented Economics at Level 3, only last year, with good results.
I have created a number of enrichment activities, for example. ‘The King’s Apprentice’ and ‘The King’s Dragons Den’. We are currently the holders of the Wolverhampton Business Enterprise Challenge, which my Business Studies students have won for the last four years. I have been involved in ‘Make Your Mark’ young enterprise scheme, supporting pupils to create a business idea with a £10 starting capital. I also worked with Year 9 PSHE students, who were runners–up in the National NHS schools competition in which they competed against 1,700 students from across the country and introduced a whole year enterprise challenge for Year 9 PSHE classes.
More recently I created and delivered an enterprise challenge for our Primary liaison schools (Y5/6). This heightened our profile in the local community and schools and helped to achieve a full intake at Year 7.
The King’s school was invited to take part in the National Enterprise Challenge and present to Lord Sugar in London. I was awarded Most Enterprising Teacher of the Year which was presented by Lord Sugar in 2013.
Since then our enterprise challenge success has grown. In 2014 a team of Year 10’s won ‘The Pitch’ - a two day residential Enterprise Challenge. A team of year 12’s won the Staffordshire Enterprise challenge and finally a team of year 13’s won the Subway challenge, receiving an IPad each and a share of £1000. They also have their sub available in store from 1st February this year.
I have organised and attended a number of residential and day excursions for Year 10, 11 and Post 16 pupils. I have organised day trips to London for Business Studies and a number of revision weekends for Year 11 pupils studying business. I have organised a Post 16 four-day residential to Barcelona, following the success of my previous visit to Brussels. Residential excursions are of great benefit to students, socially and educationally and it is also recognised by OFSTED as outstanding practice.
In my current role as curriculum team leader of Business Studies, I take a pivotal role in planning and implementing the future development and success of The King’s CofE School. I strive to develop a learning culture within the business area. I continually self-review through monitoring, lesson observations and verifying coursework. I share good practice with colleagues and liaise with students for feedback to monitor areas for improvement.
As a proven team leader, I stimulate and inspire staff to perform to the best of their ability by promoting high quality teaching and learning. On appointment to the position of leader for Business Studies there were a number of issues I felt needed to change within the department particularly, monitoring, assessment and the curriculum to enhance the abilities of all pupils, linked in with school priorities. This has led to the Business Studies department being recognised as an excellent practitioner whose results at Key stage 4 and Post 16 were in the excellent percentile of Alps data. This was achieved by introducing a proactive approach using performance and behaviour data to identify trends in student behaviour. From monitoring data I then implemented systems for improving attainment within ‘A’ level and the vocational BTEC courses which has been recognised by BTEC in their recent risk assessment.
I have succefully completed HAYS Online Safeguarding and Child Protection courses and an EPICT course which is an Esafety Certificate which is specifically mentioned by OFSTED as a feature of Good and Outstanding Practice (Inspecting E-Safety - Briefing for Inspectors) Sep 2012.
As a teacher consistently judged as outstanding, I feel that I can not only inspire pupils, but also motivate my peers. To inspire learners, I believe you need to be innovative and try new approaches and have the flexibility to change with new ideas.
2010 - present
2010 - present
Curriculum leader (Business Studies)
2006 - present The King's CofE School
Planning and implementing the future development and success of The King's School. Develop a learning culture within the business areas. Continual self-review through monitoring. Lesson observations and verifying coursework. Share good practice with colleagues
Key-Stage 3 ICT co-ordinator
2004 - 2005 The King's CofE School
Planning and implementing schemes of work for ICT at Key-Stage 3. Developing a learning culture within the ICT department creating lesson plans and resources and share with staff. Issuing lesson plans and resources to ICT teaching staff.
1996 - 2003 Extra Personnel Ltd
Cold calling potential new clients. Creating relationships with clients. Interviewing future employees. Developing future business with current clients
Business Sales Executive
1991 - 1991 Greenhous Vauxhall
Selling new and Used domestic and commerical Vehicles Cold calling potential new clients. Creating relationships with clients. Qualifying future and existing clients vehicle needs and putting together the best financial package to suit their situation. Developing future business with current clients
1990 -1991 W.A.Lewis Volvo
Selling new and used Volvo cars and products. Creating relationships with clients. Qualifying future and existing clients vehicle needs and putting together the best financial package to suit their situation. Developing future business with current clients. Cold calling potential business clients.
1987-1990 NEXT Retail Limited
Selling clothes to men. Merchandiseing the stock. Stock taking. Motivating staff. Organising staff rotas. Shop security. Cashing up and Banking. Selling Made-to-measure suits. Acheiving targets.
PGCE in Business and ICT
1995 - 1996
BA(HONS) BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 2:2
1993 - 1995
HND BUSINESS & FINANCE Merit
BRIDGNORTH COLLEGE OF FE
1991 - 1993
BTEC National Diploma in Business - Merit
Student Union President
National Most Enterprising Teacher Award 2013 awarded by Lord Sugar in London
Elected Teacher Governor 2012 of The King’s CoE School
Chairman’s Cup for Services to SCAT 1994
NUS President Bridgnorth College
Highest Gross Earning Made to Measure Salesperson for North West Region