Having graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology and Social Psychology my career initially began working with individuals with different learning needs, with a strong emphasis on supporting those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. I then made the decision to enter into the world of education and embarked upon a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. My teaching career began in my home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where I enjoyed holding a range of additional posts that included Art Coordinator, and Coordinator for Gifted and Talented students. I became part of the Excellence in Cities project, which helped to raise the profile of AGT learners across the city of Newcastle and included the completion of additional training through Oxford Brooks university and a Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies.
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