A BIT ABOUT Jennie Eyres

A background you can trust.

Teaching and learning have been at the heart of everything I have done for the last 15 years. 

 

I trained in Journalism and PR, and in the early stages of my career I ran a magazine for a regional charity - but alongside this, right from the word go I taught Media as an extra-curricular activity to students at two schools in Cambridgeshire. I set myself a challenge, to teach Media Studies GCSE to students in a year through weekly twilight sessions. The students came out with excellent results, which led me on to a specialist Media PGCE at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

I then began teaching, and have worked my way up through various schools from media teacher, to BTEC Course leader, to Head of Department, Head of Faculty and finally Lead Practitioner: Head of Vocational Qualifications. 

Along the way, I have examined and moderated for different Leading UK Awarding Bodies. I am currently an examiner and moderator for two different Awarding Bodies and I run CPD sessions for one of them, and for Hodder Education too. 

While teaching, I felt it was important to be continually learning too, so I gained an MA in Media, Communication and Culture with the Open University and most recently I completed my National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL), based around introducing vocational qualifications to my school and standardising approaches and admin.

In my spare(!) time I can be found editing a magazine for families called Raring2go for the Harrogate and York area. You know what they say, if you want something done, ask a busy person!

A BIT ABOUT Jenny Gainsford

I started my career in teaching and learning by working as a trainer for a large international recruitment consultancy. Eager to progress, I studied for the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice whilst working full time, before moving into an Organisational Development role in the public sector.

As the daughter of a teacher I always knew where I would end up working, however, and after putting it off for as long as possible, 11 years ago I gave in and trained as an ICT Teacher on the Graduate
Teacher Programme. Since that time I’ve taught a range of computing qualifications including IT Diploma, CiDA, ECDL, BTEC ICT, GCSE ICT and Computer Science before moving to the Cambridge Nationals suite of qualifications. I taught and examined for the Cambridge Nationals in ICT for 4 years before switching to Creative iMedia 2 years ago.

Over the past 11 years, I've worked as a key stage lead, VLE lead and head of department in both mainstream schools and a PRU so have a range of teaching experience behind me. Never doing things by halves, over the past two years I’ve been also examining, moderating and training teachers on the delivery of Creative iMedia.

In my spare time, I write a blog about what's on for local families and maintain a social media presence as This Hitchin Mummy. If that didn't keep me busy enough, I also play bassoon in a local orchestra.

A BIT ABOUT Nikki O'Neil

I have over 8 years design industry experience, starting with several years within the gift wrap & stationary sector.  Within this role, I developed hands on working knowledge of using industry standard software such as Photoshop, Illustrator to create ranges of gifting stationary for both wholesale and bespoke clients. Within this role, I had to create product artwork using the software, which was then sent for mass production in the Far East. I also produced 3D mock ups to allow the client to visualise ideas that were presented to them. 

I entered teaching quite late in my life. During my final year at university, and due to the support I received from my lecturers, who inspired me, I then trained as a Computer Science teacher at Edge Hill University. 

 have taught a wide range of computing qualifications, including DIDA/ CIDA, OCR GCSE Computer Science, L1/2 Creative iMedia and L3 CTEC Cambridge Technical in Digital Media. Not only do I teach Creative imedia but I also exam, moderate and train teachers.

Due to my industry experience, I am responsible for creation, monitoring and schedule of the social media platforms of the school I am employed at. This position also allows me to network and seek further opportunities that will enhance my pupil’s education. This has led to a partnership with a social enterprise company, Innovateher, who piloted their online platform with my pupils. 

I am also a carer for my husband, who has stage 5 renal disease and undertakes haemodialysis at home. In my spare time(!), I enjoy family days out and holidays with my daughter and dog Major, alongside taking part in funding raising activities for charities close to my heart such as Race for Life, Kidney Care UK and many more.

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