I'm Karen and I have been teaching since 2001. Over the years I have had various roles in school from being KS4 Progress Leader, Head of department, Head of Performing Arts and Lead Learning Coach. Whilst I am still Head of Performing Arts I want to focus my career firmly on coaching staff to deliver the highest quality education they can. Now, I'm ready to share everything I've learned with fellow teachers from less-developed countries, particularly ones with limited resources (no electricity, no books, no sports equipment etc.) I will get the chance to inspire young people, from all backgrounds, and use my skills to make sure every pupil gets the same access to a quality education and the opportunity to succeed.
Why am I choosing to do this?
Low quality education
190million children around the world can't read this sentence. Failure to provide high-quality education is a global crisis which is costing us £100 billion a year. In addition, the pupil : teacher ratio in India is, on average, five times higher than well-developed countries, with at least 60 pupils to a class, this leads to teachers feeling over-worked and under valued. Aswell as this, the majority of Indian teachers in schools have received no formal teacher training before starting their profession.
A shortage of teachers
The UN estimates 33 countries won't have enough teachers to provide every child with primary education by 2030. This means 69 million teachers must be recruited and trained.
The approach is to challenge poor-quality education and growing shortage of teachers by connecting qualified teachers to develop their own teaching practice to inspire and empower communities of teachers around the world.
What will I do?
I will lead Indian teachers through cycles of workshops, lesson observations and coaching to enable them to become self-reflectors and continuously improve their own teaching through engaging lessons; ensuring every child is catered for.
Here is an example of what I hope to achieve: