Shelter – Our Neighbourhood

Shelter Our neighbourhoodThe latest lesson plan available from Shelter focuses on ‘Our neighbourhood’.

Supporting Geography, PSHE and English for 5-11 years, pupils are tasked with helping Anna and Teddy settle in to their new school and community, after finally being given a home of their own to live in.

You can find the full range of free lesson plans available from Shelter here .



Greyhounds in Need EDUCATION

I’ve been working on the new education website from the charity Greyhounds in Need (GiN) for many months and am delighted that it has finally launched. GiN are dedicated to the rescue of the Spanish galgo and an important aspect of their work focuses on  the education of Spanish children about the plight of the galgo.Continue reading “Greyhounds in Need EDUCATION”

Looking for bespoke video content?

A  little bit of promotion for 7Seven Films – my preferred partners when it comes to video content. If you have a film project then their talented creative film team coupled with my excellent project management and planning skills are probably of interest. I’d be happy to have a chat about what you need – just get in touch.

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Learn With Dogs Trust

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Dogs Trust have just launched their new education website Learn With Dogs Trust . We worked together on the site plan, content and the design of the new website, before it was handed over to their web developers. This way we could ensure that the site delivers exactly what is needed, as the developers had a clear design and development brief to follow from the start.


Promo film – Dogs Trust schools workshops

workshop filmEver wondered what actually happens in a Dogs Trust school workshop? Well now you can get a real insight into what the team of 26 Education & Community Officers and 7 Youth Trainers can do.Continue reading “Promo film – Dogs Trust schools workshops”

Film project – on set in the classroom

The film crew in ‘action’

This month, in partnership with my fabulous film crew, we have been shooting school workshops for a charity client.

The footage will be used to create an inspiring showcase to promote the workshops to teachers and schools across the UK.

Watch this space to see the final film!



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As a freelancer sometimes you just need to run an idea past someone different, or get a fresh pair of eyes to read through something, or get another perspective on a design or a brief.

When you freelance (and especially if you work at home alone) that can be tricky;  you can’t just speak to the person sitting at the desk next to you. Continue reading “Smart-Freelancing”

Be Enterprising with Dogs Trust

We recently completed work on the Dogs Trust Enterprise Project Guide, developed in response to student requests for information and statistics. Rather than just handing them the information on a plate we wanted to help them be more proactive in their research.Continue reading “Be Enterprising with Dogs Trust”

New Shelter worksheet – Which Home?

Shelter Which Home? worksheet for KS2 pupils

The Shelter schools programme is expanding and we have just added a brand new worksheet to the resource bank. The Which Home? worksheet is aimed at KS2 (7-11 years) and supports English, Maths and PSHE. A simple matching exercise, the activity is designed to encourage children to think about homes, space, conditions and affordability. Continue reading “New Shelter worksheet – Which Home?”


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I  am currently in the post-production phase of an exciting film project for an education client. Watch this space as I will show you as soon as it is launched.

I have worked with the film crew and production team selected for this project for many years on a variety of client projects. They are talented bunch, that continually evolve to stay modern and fresh in their approach. You can check out their show-reel here (see if you can spot my current project!).Continue reading “Lights…camera..action!”

Slippers for Shelter

Are you wearing your Slippers to raise money for Shelter this year? To support fundraising in schools we developed four new fun, curriculum linked classroom activities for 4 -11 year old pupils  around the theme of ‘home’. The worksheets support D&T, PSHE, Art & Design, Science, English and Geography.

For more information and to download your free activity sheets visit


Army in Education

AiE HistoryFor over 5 years during my time as Account Director at Education Connections, I managed the Army in Education client account. It was a fantastic project that aimed to raise awareness of the work of the British Army and create a positive relationship with young people in schools, colleges and higher education.  

The Army in Education (AiE) website and resources were designed to bring the curriculum to life, helping students (aged 11-16) to engage with a range of topical and controversial issues. The resources explored the Army’s work, the political and geographical situations in which it operates, and the values and skills that are necessary to carry out work in demanding and often dangerous situations. Continue reading “Army in Education”

Managing a Fear of Dogs

Managing a Fear of Dogs Dogs TrustDogs Trust launched their ‘Managing Fear of Dogs’ campaign today! Really great to be part of the team beavering away in the background on the supporting literature and information for parents.

Head over to the Learn with Dogs Trust website  to find out about their FREE workshops for families run by their team of Education & Community Officers. You can also download the ‘Managing Fear’ promotional flyer. Coming soon is a comprehensive guide with information on what fear is and why/how it occurs, how to gauge the level of your fear and advice on what you can do if your child has a fear of dogs.Continue reading “Managing a Fear of Dogs”

Shelter for Schools

Shelter for schools

Shelter have launched their new education programme, providing free teaching materials  as part of their ’50p Challenge’ fundraising initiative for UK schools. It has been a great project to work on knowing that the resources we develop will both educate and help young people. Continue reading “Shelter for Schools”

Cracking Ideas!

Cracking IdeasThe Intellectual Property Office are celebrating the 40th birthday of the world-famous Aardman studios with their Cracking Ideas Competition 2016. I was delighted to work on the development of the curriculum-linked classroom resources for ages 4-11, designed to generate competition entries and support wider learning.

Intellectual Property is a difficult topic for young children to understand, but it is an important one. We created the ‘My ideas have value’ assembly for use by schools to launch the competition. The assembly helps develop their understanding that creativity has a value called intellectual property, which can be protected to help ensure that the unique ideas, creations or work of an individual or group cannot be copied or reused without crediting or benefiting the creator. Continue reading “Cracking Ideas!”

A busy start to 2016…

It’s busy here at HQ! Lots of new things soon to be launched and more in the pipeline . I am delighted to have won a tender from the Intellectual Property Office back in January – watch out for the new resources and competition for Cracking Ideas 2016 launching very soon!

This year I am also working with Greyhounds in Need to extend their support for education in Spanish schools, with the launch of a dedicated website and new teaching materials.

There is lots going on with the education team at Dogs Trust, PLUS I am working with another national charity to develop a brand new education programme this year (another watch this space!).


Spy Birthday

The team at deliver fantastic spy themed birthday parties. However, English is not their first language and whilst they know what they want to say, they sometimes need some help saying it.  It’s not just checking grammar and punctuation, it’s reworking sentences and making appropriate word choices as well. I help them write great content for their English target audience and hopefully get more clients too!