I became a military wife back in 2004 and for the last 24 years I have supported my husband as he navigated his career in the REME. We have three children who have attended multiple schools and experienced several house moves. As a primary school teacher I knew the impact that this would have on them.
I began working at Le Cateau Community Primary School in 2016 as a class teacher and went on to act, as their ‘Service Pupil Champion’ until 2023. I delivered CPD for colleagues in school, held family social events and established the Service Children’s Community Choir.
I was able to raise awareness of Service children on a National level when they went on to perform in the live semi-finals of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
The choir supports children’s mental health and emotional well-being and continues to grow and develop. New members are always welcome!
I was asked to chair the Service Families Strategy Group for North Yorkshire due to my knowledge and experience. Since taking on the role of chair I have reframed this group as the ‘Service Children’s Network’. The SCN is growing quickly and offers free termly CPD and support for teachers across North Yorkshire. I was appointed as Service Children’s Champion for North Yorkshire in January 2023 and have quickly implemented changes to the way we deliver support to schools in order to maximise our impact.
As a Service Children’s Champion for North Yorkshire I strive to provide the best support and guidance for children, their families, their schools and other key stakeholders.