I have been working with children aged from 1 - 17 yrs old providing one to one teaching and group teaching in the arts for over ten years. I specialise in working with children who have a variety of needs such as children with speech, language and communication needs, children who speak English as an additional language and children with special educational needs such as autism who find learning more challenging.
I studied Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University and I believe that using the arts as a tool for learning has many therapeutic benefits. For 9 years I was a Company Director for a multi-award winning arts education company called Artburst so I have a wide range of experience and skills to offer. With this experience behind me, I am currently looking to support children and young people on a one to one basis and encourage confidence and empowerment through the arts. My specialist subjects are Art, Design and prop making, I also teach English.
I grew up in Oxfordshire and I always took a keen interest in Art and Design, I enrolled in the local Youth Theatre and took a leading role in making costumes, set and props for performances. I took 10 GSCS and achieved As in Art and Design and Expressive Arts at sixth form.
I left sixth-form college with good academic A-levels and went on to study an Art Foundation at North Oxfordshire College
I specialised in Ceramics, Textiles, Jewellery and Photography and came out with a High Merit. When I left, I took a year out and spent the year travelling around the world. Once I returned I enrolled with a variety of Arts Companies and worked as an Art Facilitator teaching art with children and young people.
By working with children from a range of different backgrounds I saw how inspired and engaged they were in using the arts as a learning tool so I decided to study Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmith University. I then set up Artburst, an award-winning social enterprise delivering creative workshops for children and young people in art, drama, music and dance.
Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University
BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design - High Merit, North Oxfordshire College of Arts
A Level Art / A Level Design, Oxfordshire
10 GCSEs - Chipping Norton School, Oxfordshire
I have over 10 years of experience in one-to-one teaching and group teaching with pupils who have diverse needs and abilities. I have devised and facilitated creative workshops in term and holiday time and after-school in a variety of settings such as the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and The National Gallery. I am highly experienced in:
Designing and writing workshop plans, and planning and preparing for activities.
Working directly with parents and carers, and children and young people who have special educational needs such as autism, who speak English as an additional language, and who have speech, language and communication needs.
Managing facilitators, staff members, speech therapists and volunteers in workshop session and in one to one settings.
I have been a the designated safeguarding officer responsible for the welfare of the young people for the past 9 years.
Im also trained in basic first aid.
What follows is a selection of past clients, representative of my experience.
SEN Autism: I worked as a freelance Art Facilitator in an autistic school for children and young people aged 5-19 years with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, including Aspergers syndrome. I delivered art and photography workshops with the students and helped them work towards their NVQs.
SEN: Speech, Language and Communication Needs: I worked as an Art Facilitator working on a one to one basis and group work with 10 - 12 year olds who had speech, language and communication needs, this ranged from children with mild stammers to selective mutism. I used basic Makaton signing with the students and clear step by step symbols and instruction guides.
GCSE Drama, Art and Photography: Long-term weekly tuition with a student aged from thirteen to sixteen. We focused on course work and building up her portfolio work. The student received As in all these subjects. From 2009 - 2012.
Under fives: I have been working with under fives for over 10 years and I have been a member of the Communication Trust in my previous role. I have a very good understanding of early years development and the appropriate milestones under fives should be reaching. I currently work on a one-to-one basis with a 14 month old, reading stories, counting, painting, singing and generally building their confidence in speech and language.
Hobbies and Interests
Prop making and sewing. Visiting galleries and exhibitions. Travelling, absorbing different cultures and languages. Visiting the theatre and independent cinema. Complementary therapies including pilates and yoga.