I've been working in education and the youth sector since my teens; more specifically pastoral leadership, social care practice and community engagement.
I realised quite quickly, the limitations/damage being caused to young people, families and communities, because of reactive responses to complex issues.
I went onto study Youth Justice at Nottingham Trent University and later went on to do my Masters in Character Education. Along the way I've trained as a Trauma informed Practitioner and I am certified Coach and Mentor.
One thing that is really important to me, is how my work and learnings are in alignment with my own values system. Central to my work is challenging the systems that have led to communities feeling as though they merely “fit in” rather than belong, in our society.
In my spare time I enjoy kickboxing as a discipline sport, going for long walks or just sitting with the sound of nature. I also love reading to expand my knowledge and to allow myself to dream about what could be. I listen to all sorts of interesting and philosophical podcasts (I have a podcast: 'Being Human Experience' - you can listen here). 🙂
My practice has its roots in critical pedagogy, with a focus on civic (character) education. I facilitate sessions and conversations that allow people to dream about what could be. My collaborative sensemaking workshops involve thought provoking questions and activities that challenge people to reflect and think critically about current social issues. I invite people to discover new possibilities, through effective questioning, and encouraging people to engage with their imagination.
I facilitate a space that allows young people and adults to work together; to develop the creative confidence to shape how young people experience the world. I provide innovative models and frameworks for teaching and learning; to encourage educators and practitioners to design equitable spaces, processes & systems.
Challenge the status quo!
Youth Social Action
How might we design schools and youth serving community organisations that value identity, inspire learning, and nurture community?
Reimagining school safety
I will encourage you to bring your mission statements and values on your walls to life!
I believe young people are the experts of their own experience, I will encourage you to value youth voice and unleash the brilliance in all young people.
I see the world with a child's eye view, I will encourage you to pay close attention to the intersections between creativity and culture.
I believe in a world that exceeds our expectations and I will support you to create spaces that promote belonging rather than fitting in.
I will meet the challenge and encourage you to do the right thing, for the right reasons, and at the right time.
Reimagining school and youth-community inclusion
How can we ensure that our practices and policies are equitable to all young people?
Equity and Inclusion (co-create classroom and community interventions)
Design Justice (challenging, rather than reproducing, structural inequalities)
Asset Mapping and Cartography
Restorative practices, social and emotional development
-informed by the work of K12 Lab and Carlene Firmin
and 6 month learning accelerator; Education for Liberation.
My Guiding Principles
Philosophy for children
Design Justice (Equity-centered Design)