My professional background is in informal and community education, working with children, young people and adults in a wide variety of settings. I have worked as a Youth Worker in Bristol, London and Hong Kong and a Play Worker in Bristol and London (working with children through Save the Children on an all day visit scheme in Holloway Prison and with children from Gypsy and Traveler backgrounds via the London Gypsy Traveler Project). I have also worked extensively within the field of Drug Education and harm minimisation.
Since 1997 I have been predominantly involved in the the field of professional education, teaching and managing Undergraduate programmes leading to qualifications in Youth and Community Work across the UK and Ireland.
From 2016-2019 I was Programme Lead for Childhood and Youth Studies (Undergraduate) at the Open Univerisity.
I am currently on secondment as a Staff Tutor within the School for Education Childhood, Youth and Sport.
I am also a memeber the the SAGE Zimbawe Team supporting the development of Community Education provision.
My research interests centre around work with Young People, 'informal learning', 'professional formation' and 'identity and the social dimension of learning'.
I am involved in a range of scholarship projects examing various dimensions of teaching and learning here at the Open univeristy.
I have recently contibuted as a central team memeber to the NP3 research project: http://edfutures.net/Main_Page
I am currently a Staff Tutor and Lead Cluster Manager for E212 'Childhood and E809 'Frameworks for critical practice with children and young people'.
From 2016 - 2019 I was Programme Lead for Childhood and youth Studies (Undergraduate) which includes:
Q23 BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies
Q55 BA (Hons) Youth Work
I was the lead academic consultant for the Open University on the filming of 'Old School with the Hairy Bikers'. for more information click http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bk61x
I am currently involved in supporting the development of Community Education Hubs supporting adolescent sirls in accessing education in Zimbabwe as part of the SAGE Zimbawe project.
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