Anne Roberts

35 years of experience have not dented Anne’s enthusiasm and dedication to the world of education. Not only has she taught in a range of secondary schools, in a variety of roles, but she has also worked for Local Authorities in partnership with schools delivering training for over 12 years. Anne currently works at Malden Oaks supporting staff in their Continuing Professional Development and uniquely for a trainer with her experience, still works with some of the most vulnerable and challenging students in the area.

Anne is a qualified Restraint Trainer and delivers training on de-escalation and safe intervention for all school staff. Anne can also deliver training on a variety of topics, including, but not restricted to restorative approaches, anti-bullying and pastoral initiatives. Anne is a firm believer that learners and teachers function best when social and emotional needs are met and so consequently has run training sessions on staff wellbeing and morale.

Anne’s areas of interest include behaviour management, developing outstanding teaching. Anne delivers training across the phase, from KS1 to Further Education, delivering INSET and supporting school improvement with everyone from Senior Leaders to Teaching Assistants.

Evaluations for Anne’s training reflect her engaging style, solution focused approach and confident delivery.

Kevin Scales

Role: Subject Lead for Physical Education

I completed a degree in English and Sports Studies at Brunel UC before working as a fitness consultant at a gym. I worked as a PE teacher in mainstream education for 17 years, leading the PE department at an all boys school and working as Head of Year 10. Encouraging students to lead active, healthy lifestyles and ensuring they make the most of their time in education has always been my main focus.

The MOOT programme provides brilliant opportunities for those students who would like to pursue a career in the Sports and Leisure industry, and improve themselves as individuals.  The students who participate in the course regularly feedback about the positive experiences they have had, and how their confidence and self-esteem has developed, as they have been pushed to complete challenges and made to work outside of their comfort zones.  Personally I love to see the students progress on a weekly basis and work towards achieving their national governing body awards in activities like kayaking, climbing, skiing and first aid.

Watching students learning to ski and wakeboard is very satisfying. Often students have never tried these activities before, so seeing them develop their competencies in such a short space of time is very rewarding.  Watching them fall in the water whilst completing the training is always entertaining.

I have always been a firm believer in the maxim Fitter, healthier students make better learners.   I believe that incorporating physical activity into our everyday lives promotes wellbeing and allows us become more successful in everything we do; academically, socially and mentally.  Helping students to make the right choices with their educational careers and seeing their success is what really motivates me as a teacher at Malden Oaks.

Elena Brockhouse

Role: KS3 MOOT lead

I have always loved being outdoors and spent some time on the river before I started running the programme. Now, I am addicted to paddling and love being on the water! My passion, however, is boxing and I train at least 3 times a week. I wanted to build these sports into the programme as I know they work brilliantly for young people. I have an English degree and teach Citizenship at Malden Oaks. I have worked in education for 15 years and love it!

Working on the MOOT programme is a huge privilege, as I get to help students realise their true potential and change the pathways they take. Seeing the transformation that takes place and the resilience gained is amazing. I love seeing the students’ faces when they are presented with their medals and certificates and the positivity that they leave the programme with. I love seeing them making new friends and seeing the immense journey they go on over the course of the term.

I have always believed that every person has the ability to achieve anything they want, if they are prepared to work hard, strive and persevere. I value honesty and hard work more than anything else and I truly believe that everyone deserves the chance to fulfil their true potential.

When I am not working I love boxing, reading, walking and spending time with my   family.

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