Chris spent 18 years teaching in challenging secondary schools in Cardiff where he held both pastoral and academic positions. He engaged pupils by writing exciting schemes of work and introducing fresh pedagogical approaches in order to improve departmental performance. Theatre in Education was often used as a central technique to communicate with the community and to give pupils from partner primary schools the opportunity to experience the secondary curriculum.
A graduate of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, he has since diversified from his original specialism and has taught a variety of different subjects. He has also led a range of literacy initiatives and coordinated whole school reading intervention strategies. The cross phase work he started in 2010 as a Transition Coordinator was recognised by the advisory service as sector-leading practice and was adopted by a number of other schools. In 2011 he was part of a guidance team that rolled out Restorative Approaches across a whole school.
ITT has always been a major interest of Chris’s and he held a Senior ITT Mentor post before being seconded to the Welsh Government in 2012 as an Induction Mentor. He has since taken a consultancy role with them and now also mentors on the MEP.
Chris has extensive experience of working with individual teachers and creating bespoke support programmes. He encourages collaborative learning opportunities and has recently been involved in peer-based coaching and training as well as delivering group based INSET in the areas of classroom management, planning and reflective practice.