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Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Secondary English, Head of Year 8

I was born and raised in the rolling hills of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  Despite being a proud Yorkshire lass; I decided that I wanted to broaden my horizons and experience life in a new culture.  To this end, my husband and I decided to make the move to Dubai this year and we are so excited for all the new challenges that life in this bustling and vibrant city will bring.

I believe that learning is a life-long pursuit and I have always valued academic study.  I obtained my BA Honours degree in English from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 and then went on to study for my PGCE in Secondary English at the University of Leeds in 2014.  Once I had finished my PGCE, I decided to undertake a three-year, part-time course for a MA in Teaching, (also from the University of Leeds) which has been invaluable in developing both my research skills and my teaching practice in the classroom.

I am currently in my third year of teaching at a state secondary school in my home town, where I have had the opportunity to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of needs.  Despite the challenges this can bring, I have found working with these students incredibly rewarding- particularly on results day, when each year my students exceed their own expectations. 

Although I am still early in my teaching career, I have already held a variety of positions in my current school, including: responsibility for Year 7 Catch Up in English; being an ITT and NQT mentor and, most recently, obtaining the post of Excellent Practitioner in English, with responsibility for the development of teaching and learning across my department and literacy across the wider school.

I have had a life-long love of literature and I am passionate about the use of literary texts as a vehicle for teaching skills in English: this passion is evident throughout my lessons.  I believe that, as English is the medium through which all other subjects are taught, developing skills in my subject is vital to a student’s entire educational success.
In my spare time, I love travelling and I enjoy out-door pursuits, such as hiking and skiing - I am a Duke of Edinburgh group leader at my current school and I enjoy putting the students through their paces! 

I am incredibly excited to be part of the NAS Dubai family and look forward to meeting all my new students and getting ready to experience life in a brand new city.