Natalie has always been passionate about education, she has taught secondary English for 16 years now, in recent years as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner, Specialist Leader of Education and more recently leading on whole school T&L. She has been part of leadership teams lifting schools out of special measures and has taught in the illegal refugee camps of Northern France, and thoroughly relished both of these challenges.
Her career had been defined by her work in the classroom with teenagers, in a variety of school contexts, and in school leadership. She believed passionately in the training and supporting of her colleagues- until she made the heartbreakingly difficult decision to quit education, unable to align her ethos to the school she found herself in. After losing her way and pondering on next steps, she was offered the opportunity to volunteer with Edlumino, a charity providing education to the children living in the refugee camps of Europe. It was in some of these camps that Natalie re-found her passion for teaching, blogged of her experiences and rediscovered the true power of education. She saw her students’ lives changing and felt her own life change too. She has since returned to the English education sector and is now is back teaching full time, very happily, in a school in Hertfordshire, England.