I studied Contemporary Critical Theory and Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (1992-1995) since which time I worked as art teacher in a range of UK and SE Asian secondary schools. I worked at an outstanding London school from 2001-2010, during which time I qualified as an Art and Design Advanced Skills Teacher and worked extensively with UK galleries and museums, primary schools and education authorities as a consultant, working to shape grounded and meaningful education programs (The Photographers Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal College of Art, London Gifted and Talented and The Specialist Schools Academy Trust).
Since 2001 I have worked as a lead examiner moderator and BTEC Standards Verifier and managed and mentored a team of examiners at BTEC, GCSE and A'Level Art and Design. I was part of the BTEC Level 3 Next Generation External Assessment writing team (September 2016).
I am Artist and Educator from an outstanding central London all girls state comprehensive, and have been there since 2001. I have held many middle management posts including Head of ADT Faculty. Alongside leading the department, I have been working in a consultancy role for the teaching school. As an Specialist Leader of Education, I have supported many heads of departments in schools throughout London, developing their curriculum, improving results and supporting middle leadership. I am a member of the Expert Subject Advisory Group for the National Curriculum for Art and Design and participate in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art and Design. I have been a moderator fora UK exam board for many years. My practice still underpins my pedagogy and recently completed MA in Art and Design Education.
Having completed my Art Foundation at UWE, I went on to study History of Art at St Andrew’s University, Scotland (2001-2005). On graduating, I was recruited as one of only 4 art teachers on the Teach First programme – and shortly after began teaching at St. Marylebone School, where I received QTS.
During my time at an outstanding London schol (2005-2013) I worked extensively within the Art and Design department to support, deliver and develop schemes of work, whilst maintaining a focus on embedding and enriching the curriculum with critical and contextual studies.
In addition to my teaching practice, I am a lead moderator for Pearson-Edexcel, where I have 10 years’ experience moderating GCSE and GCE level Art and Design qualifications across the country. Since 2012 I have worked as a team leader for the GCE moderation group, training and supporting a group of experienced teacher-examiners for Pearson to ensure the National Standard is consistent and maintained.
I attained a degree in Fine Art – Painting at Bath School of Art, after which I spent two years in a studio group in Bristol. I took my Post grad in secondary education at the Institute of Education, London and then worked at an independent international College. When I was Head of Art I led the department across four courses, devising the course structures and content. I have always also tried to continue my own artistic practice along-side any educational work I have been involved with.
I have been an examiner moderator since 2001 and have worked in the capacity of a team leader on the A Level in Art & Design as well as being a BTEC standards verifier.
I studied Fashion and Textiles at Birmingham University (1991-1994). After working in the Fashion and Textiles industry for four years I completed a PGCE in Art and Design at Goldsmiths College (1998-1999) and moved on to work in various secondary schools around the UK in which I held different roles, including Head of Art.
Since 2001 I have worked an outstanding central London state comprehensive school. I am an Art Specialist Leader of Education and in this role, I have worked with many inner-city London schools to help support their Art departments. This work has included collaborating closely with Heads of Department to develop their curriculums, including moderating examination groups using different exam board specifications. I have delivered tailored Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training in Art and Design to individual/groups of teachers and I work closely with student teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) to ensure they successfully complete their training courses.
I also continue to develop my own practise alongside my teaching and consider this to be an integral part of my role as an Art and Design practitioner.
I have a BA Hons. degree in Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics with Glass) from West Surrey College of Art and Design and have also successfully completed an Art Teachers Certificate at the University of London Institute of Education. ( 1974 - 1978 ) .
Throughout all of my working career I have been an Art Educator. I have held positions in both state and independent schools. I taught in a range of mixed comprehensive schools before becoming Head of Art at a high achieving grammar school, for 18 years (1989 - 2007). My examination grade were consistently high and with a large percentage of A level Art students going onto London Art Schools to study a range of degree subjects.
Working in this environment has meant that I have substantial experience of delivering and developing schemes of work, targeting and monitoring pupil progress and ensuring a workable curriculum that suited the needs of the student body was in place. I have also appointed and mentored new members of staff, sat on Gifted and Talented working parties, worked on cross curricular projects and been a staff member of the school Governing Body.
At the outstanding Independent Catholic Boarding & Day School for Girls, I was Head of Upper Sixth and also in charge of the development and ongoing improvement of Key Stage 3 planning and subject delivery within the Art Department (2007 - 2014).
While working at both of my outstanding school, I undertook both advisory and consultancy work in other schools. This often involved supporting inexperienced colleagues and creating new working strategies for more experienced practitioners.
I also have over 20 years experience working as a examiner moderator for both GCSE and GCE A'Level. Since 2013 I have worked within the organisation as a team leader for GCSE. This had enabled me to use my interpersonal skills and practical knowledge to assist my team members, thus ensuring that the National Standard is applied and consistently maintained.
After completing my degree in Graphic Design, in 1992, at University of Central England in Birmingham I went on to work as a designer and illustrator in a company, leading team projects for various corporate clients, where I gained experience of the presentation and training side of the industry.
I completed my PGCE teaching qualification for secondary schools in 1995 and have had over 20 years of experience teaching and leading departments as a Head of Art. I have taught all aspects of Art & Design, including Fine Art and Photography (Darkroom and Digital). I have structured and delivered GCSE, International GCSEand GCE/A'Level. qualifications throughout my career and am equally at home with large-scale canvas painting and complex digitally manipulated photographs. I stay up to date with artistic developments which feed into my teaching practice.
I have been lucky enough to teach Chinese students for 4 years, as the Head of Art at an outstanding College in Wales.
I also have over 20 years of experience as an examiner moderator.. I am Team Leader for GCSE and was involved in the development and writing of the new specification launched in 2016. I am also a GCE/A’Level moderator and continue to be a part of a specialized team who mark the International GCSE. Last year I was promoted from Team Leader to become the Lead Examiner for BTEC Level 2.
I am currently teaching GCSE and GCE/A’Level Art & Design and Photography while developing my portrait painting business using traditional oils on canvas.
I qualified as a teacher of Art and Design in 1978 and have taught in comprehensive schools in Manchester, the Bahamas, Sheffield and Dorset. In 1990 I became Head of Art at an outstanding school in Lyme Regis, Dorset and Director of Arts in 2003 when we acquired Specialist Status in the Arts. I also qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2003 which led to my involvement in community projects across the South West and supporting other schools in Dorset. I have taught Art, Photography and History of Art at A level, GCSE and BTEC and in 2009 became a visiting examiner moderator for A level Applied Art. From 2015 until the present I have worked with the Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance in promoting and co ordinating cultural education projects to both primary and secondary students. Since 2003 I have been a member of the school's leadership team, giving me an overview of and a key role in whole school management and development.
I hold both British and Russian Citizenship and I am fluent in both languages, having been brought up in Russia, Azerbaijan and Warwickshire, England. I studied at University College Falmouth where I gained a BA Hons in Fine Art, specialising in printing, drawing and photography.
I obtained my PGCE in Art and Design at University of Warwick and have been teaching for over 10 years in secondary schools in the UK. I am experienced in teaching all secondary levels and as a subject leader of A/S and A Level Fine Art and Photography. My expertise is in organising teaching and learning activities that meet examination and assessment criteria and ensure that all students demonstrate measurable achievement through being guided in how to make significant improvements to their working practices, in line with specification guidelines.
In addition to teaching I am also a working artist. I have exhibited work all over the UK and have sold commissions as far afield as Canada and Australia. I am familiar with working with Chinese students, having engaged with foreign student exchanges that took place in my home.
During my career, I taught at various levels to include prestigious universities, colleges and schools, such as The Royal College of Art (Master’s Degree), Central St. Martins, and Kingston University (Both degrees) Bridgend College (BTEC).
In my capacity as lecturer and Course leader of the BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 Art and Design I was responsible for teaching, curriculum development, leading core staff, developing schemes of work, marking and administration. I have 7 years’ experience of moderating BTEC courses.
Other notable relevant skills I deliver are digital applications to support Art & Design. In addition, I am a UK award winning design blogger for “Most Innovative Company Blog,” my personal design work has won a European Award, and it was featured in 60+ press articles.
Following my Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art (1989-1991) In my practice, I managed two design studios in London. Operating in the same manner, I designed and represented textile designers, acting as agent. Working to strict deadlines, I co - ordinated collections and organised the international shows, press and travel arrangements, exhibiting at shows worldwide. Customers included Gap, Louis Vuitton, Top Shop, Ralph Lauren, Ikea, Liberty of London etc. This commercial background I believe to be not just relevant but vital in today’s teaching community.
英国皇家艺术学院毕业（1989-1991）后，我在伦敦运营过两个设计工作室。同样，我自己做设计，也以面料设计师身份代理业务。工作中严格的标准与作风，让我得以与各大品牌系列开展合作，组织并安排国际性展出的行程媒体报道与表演，客户包括Gap, Louis Vuitton, Top Shop, Ralph Lauren, Ikea, Liberty of London等。 我相信这些商业运营经历对于我如今的教学并不仅仅是有联系，更是不可或缺的资源。
Course Design, Timetabling and Monitoring:
• GCSE or A level course design, tailored to school needs
• Timetabling course and agreed scheduling with subject teachers
• Monitoring of writing and delivery of schemes of work and lesson plans
Online Student Review and Feedback: bi-monthly
• Student review of sketchbooks (these are loaded to Pinterest and reviewed comprehensively)
• Google doc tracking: individual comments including grading and feed forward information
• Generic feedback email to students
Skype Support with Course Leader/Exams Officer: weekly
• Supporting course leader with running the first year of GCSE and/or A Level, staff liaison, tracking and feedback to teachers and students
• Course administration, including exam delivery, timetabling and student exam entries with exams officer.
Feedback and mentoring with Subject Teachers: weekly
• Supporting subject teachers with writing schemes of work and lesson plans
• Monitoring the delivery of schemes of work and lesson plans
• Staff development to ensure happy and constructive working environment
Advertising, recruitment and interviewing new staff: Annual
• Writing, advertising and interviewing suitable job descriptions
• Recruiting through own contacts and TES
• Interviewing candidates and liaising with subject staff on suitability
• Inducting new staff to school teaching and learning protocols and principles