Art and Design Teacher

Last Updated: 16th June 2019 (over 3 years ago)

United Kingdom


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Age Range
35 to 44

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I was until recently employed as Head of Art and Design at a private school SIFC Shenzhen International Foundation College based in Southern China. In this role, I managed a team of 4 and designed and wrote a new art curriculum for the school which was making the transition from Advanced Placement to the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate accreditation. I had a positive and significant impact on the department and brought in new exciting and inventive ideas, projects and exhibitions which promoted and focused on cross collaboration work within the team, across the school and with other international schools in Shenzhen.

I have over 10 years’ diverse experience of teaching in various educational settings including Private International Schools, IB Private Schools, HM Prisons, high schools, community centers, colleges, art galleries and art studios. I am qualified to Masters level, have a BA Hons Degree in Animation and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and have been a fully qualified teacher for over 10 years. I am a passionate, enthusiastic, creative and organised person who has gained invaluable skills and knowledge in all aspects of effective teaching and learning.

I have all of the skills, experience, attributes and qualifications your school is looking for and as a result of my diverse teaching experience and skills I could bring fresh, exciting, innovative and creative ideas to your art department. I am knowledgeable in my field and have experience of teaching GCSE, A Level, IB Visual Arts, Advanced Placement Art Studio to name a few and quick to learn and adapt to new environments, curriculums and programs. To be a part of your art department would be a fantastic opportunity and I would be a dedicated, loyal and driven professional who could create an outstanding art department for the long term.

I have specific experience of working with young people and in particular their mental health. I was responsible for creating a social emotional and wellbeing programme which was implemented into secondary schools across South Wales. I am completely committed to the personal and social development and wellbeing of my students in all of my working environments and have always ensured that their learning experiences are engaging, positive and inspiring. I have the ability to communicate well with everyone I work with and do so in a professional, open, positive, supportive and intelligent manner.


International Baccalaureate
Visual Arts Training

   Sep 2016
— Aug 2017

International Baccalaureate IB Examiner for Visual Art in Diploma/Career Programme
International Baccalaureate Approaches to Teaching and Learning ALT (Category 3)
International Baccalaureate Visual Arts (Category 1)

Various Professional Development Courses

   May 2009
— Aug 2017

C3 ATL Training (Approaches to Teaching and Learning) International Baccalaureate Teaching and Learning
Online IB Visual Arts Category 1 International Baccalaureate
AQA GCSE Art and Design: Developing and Assessing your Course
AQA A Level Art and Design Teacher Standardisation
Breakaway Training
Community Health Champion
Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 2 Training
Introduction to Sexual Violence and Abuse
Aggressive Management and Personal Safety at Work
Manual Handling Training
Outcome Based Accountability Training
Level 3 Safeguarding Training: Keeping Child Focused
Mephedrone Training
South East Wales Safeguarding Children Board Training Event Level 3
Talking to Young People about Substance Misuse Level 1
POVA Training
Basic First Aid
Epilepsy Training
NLP Awareness and Application
Dealing with Aggressive Behaviour
Invigilation Training
Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Adult Learners

University of Wales, Newport
PGCE, Masters in Art, BA Hons Animation, GCSE'S, BTEC Art and Design

   Jul 1999
— Jun 2019

2009 Coleg Glan Hafren, UK
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

2007 University of Wales Newport, Wales UK
Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Animation
Masters in Art (Animation)

2001 Crosskeys College UK
BTEC in General Art and Design
City and Guilds in Life Drawing
A Level in Art

1999 Caldicot Comprehensive School, UK
8 GCSE’S A-C Grade


SIFC Shenzhen China
Head of Art Department

   Aug 2017
— Aug 2018

I am responsible for the designing and implementation of the art curriculum across the Primary, Middle and High School and to present exciting art lessons that actively engage learners and educate them on traditional methodologies. I aim to provide students the support and knowledge to be able to achieve academic success through creative expression.
Duties include;
To write, implement and deliver a new and highly effective curriculum for the art department .
Manage a team of 5 specialist Art Teachers which include Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Film and Animation and Drama.
To lead, develop and enhance the practice of other teaching staff in the department and oversee the continuing development and expansion of the department. 

Write Schemes of Work, programmes of study, assessment, monitoring and recording procedures including reporting to parents in line with current school practice, and the effective setting and monitoring of homework within the Subject Area. 

Hold regular formal weekly department meetings to review, plan and evaluate the work of the Subject Area.
Working In partnership with and form part of the whole of the school academic team.
Represent the Subject Area at all relevant meetings including Heads of Department and impart information to colleagues as required. 

Support the School’s endeavours to meet the needs of its community including organising Art Department trips and to contributing to extra-curricular activities such as school plays and after-school activities. 

Play an active role in the quality assurance within the art department and review lessons, give feedback and identify professional learning needs within the department.
Contribute to and adhere to international teaching standards. 

Liaise with and support other departments through cross-curricular activities. 

Organise displays of pupils’ work in the Art Department and around the School.
Promote the school and student work through marketing material of student art exhibitions held within and outside of the school in local art galleries in Shenzhen.

Beijing Huijia Private School IB, China
Visual Arts IB Teacher

   Aug 2016
— Aug 2017

• Teach IB Visual Art curriculum
• Prepare for lessons and submit the teaching plan according to the standard and method set by the school
• Create a weekly, monthly and semester teaching plan and submit copies
• Manage students strictly according to the school rules and ensure high quality of teaching, responsibility for student attendance, classroom cleaning and discipline
• Report the student’s performance in accordance with the department’s requirements in respect of attendance records, results of tests, exams, complete description of homework. Working attitudes, classroom behaviour and the documenting and reporting of the individual interaction of each student
• Submit all reports, teaching plans, administrative items, mid term and end of term test and exam papers
• Abide by Huijia’s professional image and conduct expectations at all times

HM Prison &Young Offenders' Institution Parc
Art and Design Teacher

   Feb 2015
— Aug 2016

• To deliver Art & Design tuition at all levels of the curriculum including GCSE and A level to male adults
• To ensure that the programme of learning is appropriate for the needs and level of the learner.
• To keep an individual learning plan for each learner.
• To contribute to the curriculum development including the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of courses.
• To monitor and track the progress of the learner according to the requirements of the awarding body and the prison.
• To undertake all administrative duties related to the monitoring and review systems of the learning skills programme and the prison regime.
• To attend meetings of education, vocational teams and other working groups, as appropriate.
• To take responsibility for the management of the classroom, paying particular regard to the security of tools, including computer equipment and curriculum equipment as appropriate.

Caerphilly County Council Arts Development
Art Spark Lead Artist

   Sep 2014
— Aug 2016

• To deliver termly art workshops for young people aged 9-13 years
• To support other Art Spark artists in developing a programme for the term
• To promote and advise participants on possible opportunities and progression routes
• To keep accurate registers of attendance and ensure subscriptions of £5 per members
• To have an open and flexible approach to developing new opportunities through the Art Service
• To communicate with Arts Development and key partners on delivery
• To give termly progress reports to the Arts Development Team

Communities First, Torfaen County Council, Torfaen
Community First Social Learning & Development Officer

   Apr 2013
— Feb 2015

• Working with groups & individuals on improving social, emotional and behavioural (SEB) barriers people face that exclude them from mainstream education, training, learning and life experiences. Tackling the NEETs agenda & overseeing, progressing and nurturing volunteers signed up to the programme.
• Creation, implementation & Delivery of group & individual Social Learning and Development (SLD) Challenging Behaviour programme to Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4 (KS3/KS4) with a specific focus on 11-14 yr olds (KS3).
• Creation a bespoke rolling programme of works for 16-25 year olds (NEETs) supporting them on social emotional and behavioural (SEB) issues implementing and supporting then to create their own personal coping mechanisms into daily life
• 1:1 Intensive Behaviour and Development session within educational & alternative settings including Home Visits
• Over-seeing & supervising volunteers and placements, who are shadowing and supporting the programme delivery, including regular updates and supervisions with them and implementing ILP's (Individual Learning Plans) to monitor their progress and journey travelled whilst with us.

Caerphilly County Council, Newport County Council, WEA and Creative Unity
Artist/Art Teacher

   Oct 2010
— Apr 2013

• Deliver art related accredited courses across South Wales Level 1-3
• Teaching art courses in outreach centres, community centres and prison
• Research and plan art lessons for the courses and projects
• Work with students to plan their own learning, development and progression
• Plan and prepare all work and portfolios for IV and EV’S
• Work closely with management to ensure smooth running of courses
• Provide a vast number of resources to aid students learning

Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff
Learning Advisor / Art Lecturer

   Mar 2008
— Oct 2009

Worked as a member of a dual-site Learning Centre team and played an active role in the planning, evaluation and development of the service. Delivered art lessons to young adults in preparation for progression of University.

• Assisted with initial diagnostic testing and assessment of student’s basic skills
• Provided basic skills and ESOL support to learners from multi cultural backgrounds
• Liaised with colleagues and individual lecturers to ensure successful student learning plans
• Planning and delivery of a range of strategies for supporting students in their studies
• Promotion of the library and the many resources to aid learning
• Delivered information and study skills sessions across all courses
• Organisation and promotion of the college book club and reading groups

Ystrad Mynach College
Lecturer of Art

   Oct 2007
— Oct 2008

Taught in a college teaching art to students aged 16+ at A Level and higher in preparation for study in University.

• Work closely with the Head of Department and colleagues to ensure successful learning
• Created a safe and secure learning environment
• Provided support for learner progression to University
•Delivered, designed and created a variety of daily art lessons
• Helped to set up exhibitions of student end of year work
•Promotion of positive behaviour and attitude to all learners and members of staff

Graham Sweet Studio, Cardiff
Artist/ Studio Assistant

   Sep 2007
— Feb 2008

Responsibilities included assisting the Artist in the daily running of the commercial art studio creating 3D sculptures for local businesses and shops, movies sets and national events.

• Painting and presenting and making 3D displays
• Assisting with the creation of 3D displays for various sources
• Assisting with the display of the art work
• General duties within the studio
• Organising the equipment and resources within the studio area

llantarnam Grange Art Centre, Cwmbran
Gallery Assistant/ Education Officer

   May 2006
— Oct 2007

Responsibilities included assisting with the day to day running of the art gallery. Deliver art workshops as part of the Centre’s education programme.

• Maintenance and preparation of workshop area and materials store
• Collating workshop support materials
• Assisting with day to day running of gallery including fine art exhibitions
• Delivery of art sessions for MIND through the NHS
• Stock take and ordering of material
• Plan and deliver large community visual, ceramic and sculpture art projects
• To lead and assist non-schools art workshops

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