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Teaching, Researching, Coaching and Arts education present a unique set of challenges and this blog has been created as a forum to generate and share ideas.

Creative Maths!

A great first session of our maths and art session, “MART”. Was really interesting to see how students were encouraged to move around the classroom sorting number puzzles to create factor patterns.  Although common in art lessons this interactive element is unusual for the secondary maths classroom. By taking away the expectation on each individual and…

Poles Apart? Maths -v- Art

I am really excited to receive the award of the title Visiting Research Associate at the University of Chester.  I did both my MA and Doctorate at Chester, and feel honoured and privileged to be working within the department of Education.  The first piece of research I will be involved in is a collaborative project with Dr…

Spaces of Resistance and Change

Last weekend I was delighted to be invited to be a keynote speaker at the ijade conference 2021. It was a privilege to share, watch and listen to cutting edge research in the field of art and design. Papers were based around the theme of hybrid spaces a theme so apt to these times. Blending…

You are never too old to Play!

It has been such a busy time both personally and professionally.  My daughter turned 21 and I decided to plough all my creativity into decorating the house.  The day was spend moving furniture blowing up balloons, hanging lights and adding all those finishing touches that make the gift of giving so special.  I have also…

Is the glass half empty or full?

As schools in England prepare to re-open their doors to students on Monday, predictably the Government is considering how to help pupils in England catch up on lost learning.  There is talk of longer school days and shorter school holidays.   As an educator working in an International School our model already has a school day…

The Art of Communication

On Friday I had the pleasure of presenting to the PGSE associate teachers at Liverpool Hope University via Zoom.  It was fantastic to meet people at the very start of their teaching journey who will be bringing their fresh perspectives and ideas to the profession.  The focus of the talk was the art of communication;…

…And Breathe!

After a whirlwind of online learning, Google team meets  and Zoom meetings, half term is upon us. It has certainly been a challenge juggling the demands of full time teaching with the responsibilities of being a mum.  My eyes are hurting from too much computer time and my brain tired from waking up far too…

Hi everyone

Welcome to my blog which will be a creative space to share my research, pedagogy and practice with anyone with a passion for creative education.  Lockdown has presented many challenges for both young people and educators.   It has been important to keep lessons fun and engaging to ensure learners feel they are still within a community of…