Andy is qualified high school teacher with 18 years' experience of teaching English, Digital Media, Drama and Study Skills to 11-19 year olds. He has held the posts of Head of Drama, Director of Creative Arts and I has led teaching and learning across a range of senior leadership roles, including Principal. He previously worked for the BBC and was an integral part of the production team awarded a BAFTA for the popular teenage documentary series, Ipso Facto.
Andy is educated to Masters degree level and holds a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Media, Politics and Performing Arts. Prior to entering the teaching profession, he gained industry experience in marketing with Lego UK Ltd. He lives in Wrexham, North Wales with his young family and he counts playing guitar, filmmaking, photography, cricket and graphic design as his main interests.
Andy's experience as a classroom teacher and school leader has developed his expertise in a range of educational strategies, including: personalising learning; active engagement; cooperative learning; maximising achievement; leadership and innovation.
For the past 18 months, Andy has been the Creative Director of The Learning Collective.
Katie is a Linguistics graduate from the University of Manchester and she gained her Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary English from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has taught in two large secondary schools over 19 years, securing strong grades in KS3 tests, GCSEs and A-levels in both English and English Literature for hundreds of young people across all abilities. Year on year, she achieved 'positive residuals', whereby the performance of her students always compared favourably to their performance in other subjects.
Katie also has experience of teaching Year 2-6 students. Her teaching is lively and aims to engage every child she works with. She thrives on making a difference and is motivated by helping young people grow in confidence and achieve success. She plans for each individual's academic needs by writing personalised programmes of study based around their hobbies and interests, wherever possible. Katie engages her students by making sessions challenging, lively and enjoyable. She loves her subject and she passes her own enthusiasm on to the young people she teaches. Katie plans lessons that cater for different learning styles and she is meticulous her detailed and personal written feedback.
Katie is a wife and mother of two children, aged 11 and 8. For the past 18 months, Katie has been Literacy Director of The Learning Collective Group, which offer a range of educational services to schools and parents. She is currently working in local schools and with young people in 1:1 and small group settings.