Having graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BSC Hons in Sport & Exercise Science I spent a year on a working holiday in Australia which left me keen to initiate a career in education on my return. After gaining experience as a Learning Support Assistant at McAuley Catholic High School and then a Behavioural Worker at Hall Cross School I began my teacher training via the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2009 at Hall Cross School. On completion, I gained employment at Outwood Academy Adwick where I have worked as a PE Teacher and Second in Department for the last 7 years.
I am excited and proud to join XP and look forward to forging links with our local sporting community.
My interests beyond work are still almost entirely focussed on sport. I live and breathe it! I play football semi-professionally and have recently found a passion for long walks/scrambling…Derbyshire leaves me spoilt for choice but I also enjoy visiting the Lake District, recently climbing Scafell Pike. I love to read. I have an interest in human behaviour and thus am fascinated by true crime but again, reverting back to sport, I enjoy elite sportsmen and women’s’ stories on becoming excellent.
The culminating event to our staff induction is an Educator-Led Conference, where staff prepare speeches, critiqued by their peers, which answer the guiding questions:
“How have my ideas about teaching and learning changed during this induction process and have I changed as a person during this induction process?”
Below is Mr Walkers’ speech: