Further Education qualification(s):
BA (Hons) Literature, Primary PGCE, M.A – EY.S / Doctoral Studies
What qualities do you need to work at Dallington?
Highly skilled and strategic practitioner, sensitivity to the needs of the children, ability to see the big picture.
What is unique about Dallington?
Small family school in the city! Child centred pedagogy, cross-curricular topic based learning, holistic and non-selective.
How many years have you been working with children and how many of those have been at Dallington?
All my life.
Approximately 26 years, or is it more?
Half at Dally.
What do you hope to imbue in the children?
A sense of wonder and awe, confidence and autonomy, life-long learning.
What do you like to teach most?
All of it! Creatively developing practice.
What are your interests and how do they impact on your time with the children?
Academic studies and educational research. The impact improves practice. Driving innovation, change and development in education – making this better
Who or what inspires you?
Life ~ Everything ~ Love ~ Nature ~ People ~ Poetry ~ Ideas ~ Kindness
What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
Nothing is ‘hard’ some things are a ‘Challenge’!
Tell us a funny children’s anecdote...
Too many to think of. One every day! Children are fun and funny!
If you had a wish, what would it be?
Don’t make wishes. Make things happen ~ Positive outlook
What was your experience at your school?
What makes you happy/sad?
Neutral. What is happy/sad?
Tell us something you have learned from a child...
To ‘BE’ yourself always! Wisdom, patience, tolerance, compassions, kindness, joy, love, acceptance etc. etc.
Tell us a secret…
Don’t have any – don’t believe in secrets but do believe in privacy! Open-book
Tell us a joke!
I can never remember the punch lines!
If you could learn anything, what would it be?
I can learn anything if I decide to...
If you weren’t in the job you are now, what would you like to do or be?
‘Be’? ~ one’s ‘job’ doesn’t define one. I just like to ‘BE’. Life is interesting and all sorts of things manifest. It’s good to be open to change and development.