I began participating in sport from an early age regularly competing in swimming, gymnastics and Track and field athletics. I began to focus on track and field athletics at the age of 12 perusing the heptathlon as my main discipline. Throughout my years as a heptathlete I regularly competed on the national and international stage and attended various warm weather training camps with other members of the GB athletics squad. My interest and passion in sport lead me to study Sports Science at both College and University level. Upon completing my degree at Staffordshire University I progressed onto studying for my PGCE in Secondary School Physical Education with post 16 learning at the University of Birmingham. As my teaching career developed began to focus solely upon the long jump and 400m as athletic disciplines, again competing nationally and internationally in both disciplines. Unfortunately a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2010 led to my retirement from high level athletics competition.
As a secondary school Physical Education Teacher I worked in a local Academy where I was responsible for teaching PE to students aged 11-18 and leading numerous extra-curricular sports teams. Within my time at the Academy I developed an extremely successful Women's Basketball team and mixed athletics team, supporting 3 of the students to participate within athletics outside of school and go on to complete nationally. Additionally my role within the Academy was as a head of house where I was responsible for managing pastoral issues, inter house competitions and events for students within my house group. During my time as a PE teacher I developed an interest in the special educational needs of students and their social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
I joined University College Birmingham in January 2011. I specialise in teaching on the BTEC level 3 Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness, and Performance and Excellence courses. I am a year manager for the BTEC Sports Development and Fitness programme and a Senior Lecturer for teaching and learning enhancement for Sport and Creative Services. Within a sports capacity I teach on a variety of modules involved with the BTEC level 3 programme and also some of the specialist modules on the Universities FdA programmes that focus on delivering sport in schools and the Physical Education Curriculum. As part of my role within the college I was also responsible for being the English and Maths link for the Sports Department, monitor and record students' levels of attendance and work with students exhibiting behavioural issues.
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Physiology of Fitness, Practical Individual Sports Study, Psychology for Sports Performance, Work Experience in Sport, Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Sports Injuries, Organising sport Events, Current Issues in Sport, Sports Development, Fitness Testing, Fitness Training Sports Nutrition.
Research interests and scholarly activity
MEd Dissertation focus: Is the use of Positive Behavioural Intervention and Supports an effective tool in addressing behavioural issues in mainstream post-16 education?
Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties; Discipline, Inclusion Challenging behaviour, Exclusion, ADHD, ODD, Behavioural supports.
Special Educational Needs: Autism and Dyslexia.
Behaviourism; positive punishment and negative reinforcement.
Attachment theory, issues, disorders and outcomes.