My Story

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My Story

My first experience of giftedness in children was when my first born was identified as gifted. As a teacher and parent, I had a vested interest in searching for information about what giftedness meant and what provision was available within schools. With this first-hand experience as the parent of a child identified as gifted, and thus a longstanding interest in the field of gifted and talented education, I have attended many courses to develop my understanding of the field and in turn have enjoyed delivering professional development courses to teachers across Dubai to develop more able provision. 


In April 2019, I successfully led Hartland International School to become the first school in the Middle East, and the third outside the UK, to gain the NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) Challenge Award. I was instrumental in developing the mini enrichment league, which offers challenge competitions across schools in Dubai. My passion is in questioning students and encouraging them to think deeply and challenge themselves across not only the core subjects, but also current issues in our ever-changing world. Since leaving the UAE, I have been working as an educational consultant.