Dr. Matt Lamb (Director of Central Sixth and Lecturer in Politics)

Dr. Matt Lamb has been successfully managing A Level provision for the last 10 years. He has taught A Level Politics for over 15 years achieving consistently excellent results. Matt was educated at universities in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Worcester and Oxford and has a BA (Hons) in Politics and History, a Masters Degree in International Relations, a Masters Degree in History, an MBA, a PhD in Political Science, a Postgraduate Certificate in History and a PGCE. Matt has taught in colleges and universities, is a senior examiner for Edexcel and has practical experience of politics as a local councillor and cabinet member.

Dr. David Craik (A Level Studies Team Leader and Lecturer in History and Sociology)

Dr. David Craik leads the pastoral care and tutorial programme for our A Level students and is an experienced lecturer in History, Politics and Sociology with a track record of inspirational teaching. Dr. Craik has a degree in Politics and History, a Masters Degree in American Politics and History, a PhD in American Political History and a PGCE. David is an experienced examiner and is also known as a BBC broadcaster on politics and current affairs. He has a track record of inspirational teaching and believes in driving students to achieve their potential, regardless of their backgrounds.

Gill Kendrick (A2 Team Leader and A Level English Subject Leader)

Since completing her degree at Worcester University, Gill Kendrick has taught English in High Schools and Sixth Forms within Herefordshire and Worcestershire. She has particularly specialised in the delivery of AS and A Level English courses during the past 20 years and has a reputation for enabling learners to achieve to the very best of their ability. Gill is an examiner for WJEC.

Muhammad Javed (Lecturer in Biology and Chemistry)

Muhammad Javed has a Masters Honours Degree in Bio Science, an MBA and a PGCE in Science. He was educated at Nottingham, Preston and Birmingham universities. Muhammad has 10 years’ teaching experience of Biology and Chemistry to A Level students, having success in developing creative teaching strategies to achieve target grade levels on state-wide exams. He also has eight years’ industrial experience in the agrochemicals and food industries. Muhammad is a STEM Ambassador, inspiring young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through a variety of activities such as clubs, careers talks, helping with school events, lessons and competitions.

Paul Healy (Lecturer in Media Studies, Film Studies, and Drama and Theatre Studies)

Paul Healy has been successfully teaching at A Level standard and higher for 20 years. He trained specifically for further education and has a BA in English and Philosophy, and a Masters Degree in Performing Arts. He has been a member of the AQA senior examining team for over 10 years and helped to develop the current specification.

Michaël Lacoult (Lecturer in French)

Michaël Lacoult has been successfully teaching A Level French for over 10 years to young people and adults in Worcestershire, Solihull and Staffordshire. He graduated from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France and worked for two years as a research and development engineer internationally, making good use of his language skills. He then completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Birmingham. As well as lecturing French at Central Sixth, he is Subject Leader for French at Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s Sixth Form.

Sonia Jassal (Lecturer in Business Studies)

Sonia Jassal was educated at the University of Central England and has achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Finance. She successfully completed a Graduate Training Programme (GTP) in Education from the University of Birmingham. She has specialised in the delivery of A2/AS Level, BTEC National in Business Studies courses. During the past seven years she has built a reputation for enabling learners to achieve the very best of their ability. She has taught in schools in Wolverhampton and Halesowen. Sonia has also been an examiner for Edexcel exam board for the past seven years and has excellent awareness of assessment and examining procedures.

Navjot Kaur (Lecturer in Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care)

Navjot Kaur has taught A Level Sociology and Psychology for the past five years, achieving consistently excellent results in this short period. Navjot was educated at the University of Wolverhampton and has a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and a PGCE (M) PCE which allowed her to complete her Masters too. Navjot is an examiner for the AQA board for Sociology and has excellent understanding of assessment and examining procedures. Navjot has links with the University of Wolverhampton, who provide taster university days in her specialist subjects. She also has strong links with various charities, who allow students to be involved in research, visits or have specialist talks and debates in college. Navjot has links with Wolverhampton Crown Court; visits and court sittings are regularly arranged to aid practical studies of crime and deviance in both Sociology and Psychology.

Pinkeyben Patel (Lecturer in Law)

Pinkeyben Patel has a LLB (Hons) Law degree from the University of Leicester and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law in Birmingham. Using her experience of working within the legal sector, Pinkeyben has taught across the AS and A2 Level Law courses and also teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages. With a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Wolverhampton, she has been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning Skills Status from the Institute for Learning, and is an AQA examiner.

Dermot Shaughnessy (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dermot Shaughnessy has over 20 years’ experience of teaching Accounting and Finance. Teaching primarily at A Level, but also on HNC/HND Business and Finance programmes, Dermot has an established record of achieving excellent results. He has also taught Accounting modules on first year Business degree courses and on Access to HE programmes. Dermot has an honours degree in Accounting and Finance from Manchester Metropolitan University, a PGCE from the University of Wolverhampton and a Diploma in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham. He has also worked closely with new lecturers, providing support for graduate trainee teachers of A Level Accounts.

Krystina Forder (Lecturer in Art and Design)

Krystina Forder has a BA (Hons) degree in Ceramics from the University of Wolverhampton and a PGCE in Art and Design from Birmingham Polytechnic. As former Head of Art at The Grange School, Stourbridge, and Willingsworth High School, she has considerable experience of successfully planning and delivering Art and Design courses including AS & A2. Krystina has enjoyed an excellent track record of examination success with her students during her teaching career, with many past pupils going on to degree courses in Art and Design and then into Arts careers such as Fashion Design and Silver Jewellery Design and Production.

Parvinder Kaur (Lecturer in Information and Communication Technology – ICT)

Parvinder Kaur has been teaching ICT for the past seven years, coordinating and building upon the new AS and A Level curriculum. She has experience in all exam boards since 2007, including her most recent A Level results in the AQA exams at 100% pass rate.  Educated at Newman College of Higher Education, Parvinder has a BA (Joint Honours) in ICT and Education Studies, a PGCE in Secondary ICT and a Masters Degree in ICT and Education Studies from the University of Leeds.  Parvinder also has 10 years’ experience in education, teaching at local community centres in and around the Birmingham area.

Desmond Rakhaly (Lecturer of Religious Education and Philosophy)

Desmond Rakhaly has successfully taught a wide range of humanities subjects such as Sociology, Philosophy, Religious Education and Twentieth Century History. He was educated at the University of Wolverhampton and has a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and Philosophy and also a PGCE in Further and Higher Education. Desmond has gained extensive teaching experience in both secondary and further education over the course of 10 years and was an AQA Sociology examiner. He is a member of the British Philosophical Association.

Zoe Lewis (Lecturer in Psychology, Health and Social Care and Sociology)

Zoe Lewis has been successfully teaching Social Science subjects to young people and adults for the past 15 years. She trained specifically for Further and Higher Education and has gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology, a PGCE and a Masters Degree in Education Management. She is also an examiner and coursework moderator for Edexcel Health and Social Care and has an excellent understanding of assessment and examining procedures.

Helen White (Lecturer in Drama & Theatre Studies)

Helen White has been teaching Drama to young people and adults for the past 15 years within schools, colleges and the wider community. She has a BA (Hons) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in Creative Arts with specialism in Drama and a PGCE in Drama from the University of Central England. She has successfully taught Drama in secondary schools in the West Midlands, being Head of Drama for a number of years. For the past four years she has specialised in teaching at post-16 level, with consistently high results from A Level Drama and Theatre Studies (both AQA & Edexcel specifications) and Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts. Helen has also been a senior examiner for Edexcel for the past eight years, examining the group performance pieces and individual monologues, giving her an excellent understanding of the assessment criteria for the course.

Susan Hobster (Lecturer in Sociology)

Susan has a degree in Sociology from the University of Leicester and an MA in Cultural Studies and a PGCE in Social Science, both from Keele University. She has specialised in teaching Sociology at A Level for over 20 years, mainly in Sixth Form Colleges. Susan has wide experience in Sixth Form and was Head of a large Sociology department for almost 10 years. She has also mentored Associate Teachers from Keele for most of her time as a teacher. Susan has examined and moderated Sociology for AQA for 20 years.

Chantelle McKen (Lecturer in Business and Economics)

Chantelle McKen studied at the University of Wolverhampton and achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management. She has taught A Level Business Studies and Economics in schools and colleges in the West Midlands area and Liverpool. She has direct links to the University of Wolverhampton as a recent Senior Support Ambassador for students. She has also achieved her PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, qualifying her as a Lecturer.

Helen Barker (Lecturer in English)

Helen has been teaching English to young people and adults in the West Midlands since 1988. She has also taught at the University of Wolverhampton and De Montfort University. She has a BA (Hons) in English and Politics from the University of Liverpool and a PGCE for Further and Higher Education from the CNAA. Working for AQA, she has been an A Level examiner since 1992, an A2 moderator and subject adviser since 2009, and a GCSE exam team leader since 1997.

Azeem Mohammed (Lecturer in Geography)

Azeem Mohammed is a talented individual who has achieved highly throughout his career and has had a passion for Geography from an early age. He studied Geography and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and later went on to complete his PGCE at the same institution. Azeem has 12 years of teaching experience at secondary school level, teaching students in Year 7 through to Year 13. Of these, six years have been spent working as an inspirational Head of Department and over the last three years Azeem has been an examiner for the AQA examination board. Azeem has a passion for mountain-climbing and has conquered several challenging mountains, including Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo and Mt Toubkal in Morocco.

Paul Ferguson (Lecturer in Chemistry)

Paul Ferguson graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Chemistry and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Paul has 27 years’ experience both as a lecturer and as an examiner and has a track record of achieving excellent results. Paul has huge experience of teaching and assessment including A Level Chemistry, A Level Environmental Science, BTEC National Diploma Science and NVQ laboratory operations in science-based industries.

Kalbinder Berrick (Lecturer in Psychology)

Kalbinder graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Reading. She attended the University of Wales College in Newport for her PGCE. She has been teaching for 13 years, and her teaching career has involved lecturing Psychology to A Level students and teaching Health and Social Care to Level 3 students. She has extensive experience in lecturing and her roles have embraced those of Head of Psychology and also managing Health and Social Care. Kalbinder has a wealth of knowledge in Educational Practice. As part of her degree in Psychology, she specialised in both Clinical and Social Psychology and would consider herself a Social and Humanistic Psychologist. Kalbinder is an Associate Examiner for Edexcel and she has experience in marking all Psychology A Level units.

David Muritu (Lecturer in Maths)

David Muritu graduated in Astrophysics from University College London. He has taught A Level Maths in Further Education for 20 years. Having been a subject learning coach, he has developed and used innovative teaching and learning techniques to deliver the subject to 16-19 year-olds and adults. David is a keen sportsman; he captained the London University Hockey team and represented Essex County Cricket Club 2nd XI and Middlesex County Cricket Club at Under 25 level.

Tom Callen (Lecturer in Politics, History and Sociology)

Thomas A. Callen graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA (Hons) in Politics and later went on to obtain an MA in political science from the University of Birmingham. He gained his DTTLS from Warwick University before starting his teaching in Worcester College of Technology. Experienced at AS, A2 and Access courses, he has taught Politics, History and Sociology at these levels with excellent results, helping students to gain the qualifications they need to go to university. He also has a keen interest in philosophy, security studies and the history of warfare, as well as a more general interest in both modern and pre-modern history. He is also an examiner for Edexcel.

Keith Norfolk (Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics)

Keith graduated in Physics from the University of York and later took a PGCE and an MBA at the University of Warwick. He also holds qualifications in astronomy and cosmology. Over the last twenty five years, Keith has split his career between teaching, educational outreach and developing educational resources. During this time he has worked for the European Space Agency and studied particle physics at CERN in Geneva, home of the Large Hadron Collider. He also has a long history of teaching GCSE Astronomy. When not in the lecture room, Keith can often be found on the amateur stage, performing works varying from Shakespeare to Alan Bennett, via the musicals of Stephen Sondheim.

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