Director of Guidance and Educational Consultant
Research, education, writing, climbing, reading, theatre, cinema, art deco
"The Goldfinch" Donna Tartt
2010-Present Consulting Services
I am regularly asked to present at national conferences and work with various clients as an educational expert in Citizenship and PSHE, helping to prepare bids for commissions and the educational content of media projects. Clients have included; BBC, ORTV and Pier Productions. Some of my work includes;
"E20" - currently broadcasting on BBC3
E20 is an offshoot of Eastenders focusing on the lives of the younger residents. The episodes address some of the key issues of PSHE including; relationships, aspirations, independent living, managing risk, separation and loss, and rights and responsibilities.
"Coping" - broadcast on BBC2 17/03/11, 30"
Educational programme focusing on mental health in adolescents. The issues dealt with include; anorexia, OCD, self-harm, depression and bullying. The programme was developed by ORTV for the BBC. It has received three awards including;
Special Commendation - IVCA's Clarion Awards
Honourable Mention - Columbus International Festival
Silver Award - Chicago's Hugo Film and TV Festival
An example can be found at BBC Class Clips
2014-Present Head of Guidance
THOMAS TALLIS SCHOOL
Kidbrooke Park Road
Blackheath, SE3 9PX
The area of Guidance at Thomas Tallis School encompasses the curriculum areas of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship and also includes Student Voice, SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision), CIAG (Careers Information, Advice and Guidance) and Work Experience.
As well as teaching GCSE RE and Sociology and A-level Sociology and Health and Social Care, I lead and train a team of 43 non-specialist teachers in the curriculum areas of PSHE and Citizenship and develop SMSC and Student Voice across the school. I am also responsible for the design and development of the collapsed timetable 'Community Days' and work with students on public speaking and debating. Within the wider school community I am a school governor and a school representative on the borough Wellbeing Committee.
I am currently embarking on a project to develop Tallis Character within the school, based on Character Education and Child Wellbeing research.