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

Dr. Matt Lamb has been successfully managing A Level provision for the last 15 years. He has taught A Level Politics for the past 22 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, has been a senior examiner for Edexcel and has practical experience of politics as a local councillor, cabinet member and parliamentary candidate.

Dr. David Craik (Head of Lower Sixth and Lecturer in History and Politics)

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

Matthew Banner (Lead in School Partnerships – Curriculum)

Matthew (BA, PGCE, PCEL) has attended a range of universities in both Australia and the UK. His career has specialised him in behaviour management through working in pupil referral units, mainstream schools as well as colleges. This has given him a unique perspective of students’ journeys in life and he is happy to help support students regardless of their background, so all can achieve their dreams no matter what obstacles they face. Matthew is currently studying a NPQSL in his aspiration to further his FE career as well as being a Sociology examiner for AQA.

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.

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 18 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. She has been an Associate Examiner for over 10 years.

Lisa Beckley (Lecturer in Art)

Lisa graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) degree in Craft / Applied Art, and followed this up with a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education at the University of Huddersfield. With over 13 years’ experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge, including leading, planning and delivering both Art and Design and Textiles classes. Lisa has a sustained and enviable track record of examination and moderation success, and many of her students have progressed to prestigious university courses including, but not limited to, Goldsmiths in London, Contour Fashion Design at De Montfort University, and Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Heather Bishop (Lecturer in Biology)

Heather has a BSc in Biology from the University of Manchester and a PGCE in Science from Southampton University. Heather has 19 years’ experience teaching Biology to A Level students and has a track record of achieving excellent results. She also has experience in the pharmaceutical industry, delivering research into new drugs to the medical profession. Heather has carried out research for the Wellcome Trust into diabetic retinopathy. Her particular area of interest is cell biology.

Tom Callen (Lecturer in Politics, History and Sociology)

Tom 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.

Sam Clare (Lecturer in Media Studies and Film Studies)

Sam has taught Film and Media Studies BTEC, A Level and International Baccalaureate for nine years. Sam was educated at the University of Wolverhampton and has a BA (Hons) degree in Film Studies. He trained as a teacher at the University of Warwick with a PGCE Specialism in Media Studies. Sam says he loves teaching and studying film and media as they offer a window into the lives and cultures of others. His favourite director is Wong Kar-Wai.

Vivienne Cottrell (Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies)

Vivienne started out as a Theatre Director, working with several successful companies in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London where she ran the Man in the Moon Fringe Theatre. She has directed more than 40 shows including ‘The Dutch Courtesan’, which was such a critical success that it is referenced in the ‘English Renaissance Drama’ guide and the new Arden edition of the play. As well as directing she has developed and devised many productions, including some that have toured schools in the Midlands. Since moving into education she has taught drama for A Level, BTEC and GNVQ at various colleges including Cadbury, Uxbridge, Ealing Tertiary and the Brit School in Croydon. Vivienne has a BA Hons in Drama, a Diploma in Directing and a PGCE. She has been an examiner for Edexcel for more than 10 years.

Paul Ferguson (Lecturer in Chemistry)

Paul graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Chemistry and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Paul has over 30 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.

Brendalyn Heaven (Lecturer in Business and Law)

Prior to teaching, Brendalyn was an Office Manager who was responsible for staff. She moved into training by becoming a Work-based Assessor & Verifier specialising in Apprenticeship programmes for Business Administration and Customer Service, helping young people to secure employment at commercial businesses like Birmingham Airport. Brendalyn also has experience of setting up her own business and briefly ran her own Business Training Consultancy. In 1998, Brendalyn became a Business Lecturer and Lead Internal Moderator for an FE/HE College and taught Business Studies from entry to HE Level. She has since taught at local colleges, high schools and academies. Brendalyn brings a wealth of both vocational and business experience with her, as well as lifelong learning cognitive skills and management experience. Brendalyn has a BA (Hons) degree in Business & Management, a PGCE and Masters Degree in Education and Professional Development.

Stephen Hone (Lecturer in Law and Applied Law)

Prior to teaching, Stephen ran his own successful employment law firm. Stephen has also appeared on TV programmes such as GMTV, Tonight with Trevor McDonald and the BBC Money Programme after helping a village successfully claim back unlawful bank charges. Stephen gave up practising law in 2009-10 to become a teacher. He has taught in secondary schools and FE/HE Colleges in Brighton, Hastings, Bristol and Plymouth. Stephen not only brings practical legal experience with him, but a wide range of pedagogical skills and leadership experience. He has an LLB Law degree, PGCE and QTLS. He has been an examiner for both AQA and OCR exam boards.

Georgi Ivanov (Lecturer in Geography)

Georgi’s international background has provided him with a very good understanding of the implications of living and working in an international environment. He has been teaching Geography in secondary schools and further education institutions in Bulgaria and the UK for over 13 years in total – 10 years in the UK and 3 years in Bulgaria, to students aged ten to 19. He completed a 5-year higher education course at South-West University Neofit Rilski, City of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, as part of his Masters degree in Geography – Regional development and tourism. He has a passion for travel and tourism, and has visited many European countries including France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Greece and Turkey. His next destination will be Africa!

Harwinder Jagpal (Lecturer in Accounting)

Harwinder has been teaching students aged 16+ for 15 years and has a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification. She gained her Economics degree from Birmingham City University and has taught AAT Level 2, 3 & 4, A Level Accounts, BTEC Level 2 & 3 Business, as well as OCR Book-keeping. Before training as a Further Education lecturer she worked as an assistant accountant, financial analyst and office manager.

Sonia Jassal (Lecturer in Business Studies)

Sonia was educated at Birmingham City University and achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Business & 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 Diploma in Business Studies courses. During the past 12 years she has built a reputation for enabling learners to achieve to 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 12 years and has excellent awareness of assessment and examining procedures.

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

Navjot has taught A Level AQA Sociology and Edexcel Psychology for the past 11 years. She has also been a Lead Reviewer for the college’s Quality Department since 2012 and is responsible for assessing the quality of Teaching and Learning across Sandwell College. 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 both subjects and has excellent understanding of assessment and examining procedures. She is also a Teacher Training mentor for Birmingham City University and co-ordinates A Level teacher training in the Sixth Form. Navjot has links with the University of Wolverhampton, who provide specialist taster university days in her subjects. Navjot has strong links with Edexcel examiners who deliver revision seminars to her students.

Parvinder Kaur (Lecturer in Computer Science)

Parvinder has been teaching within the secondary and FE sector of Education for the past 12 years. She has coordinated and built upon new AS and A Level ICT, Education Studies and Computer Science. Educated at Newman University and the University of Leeds, Parvinder has a BA (Joint Honours), PGCE secondary and a Masters Degree all in ICT and Education Studies. Parvinder also has over 20 years’ experience in Music Education, teaching at local community centres in and around the Birmingham area.

Michaël Lacoult (Lecturer in French)

Michaël has been successfully teaching A Level French to young people and adults in Worcestershire, Solihull and Staffordshire for the past 12 years. He graduated from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France and worked for two years as a research and development engineer in the West Midlands and 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 Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s Sixth Form.

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

Zoe has been successfully teaching Social Science subjects to young people and adults for over 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.

Sandeep Mahay (Lecturer in Maths)

Sandeep has a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Birmingham, and a PGCE. Sandeep has taught Mathematics from Key Stages 3 to 5 for the past 12 years, and alongside her role as a lecturer, she has experience in tutoring students at both GCSE and A Level Mathematics and is looking to enrich her teaching further through examination marking for Edexcel.

Claire McIntyre (Lecturer in English)

Dr Ade Oduloju (Lecturer in Applied Science and Biology)

Ade is an experienced science lecturer with a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and a qualified teacher status in science and mathematics from the University of Gloucestershire (Marches Consortium). He has lectured at various colleges and universities over the years with great success rates. He has a keen interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ) agenda in the UK, and believes the future economical prosperity of the United Kingdom will largely depend on young people moving into STEM-related careers. Ade is also involved in the study and development of veterinary pharmaceuticals in the UK. In his spare time, Ade works for the RSPCA and Cats Protection saving sick and injured animals.

Steven Pritchard (Lecturer in Sociology)

Steve completed his Sociology degree at the University of Worcester, before completing his DTLLS Level 5 teaching qualification at the University of Warwick. Steve has worked across a number of professions, including social work, Youth Offending Services and for a national sexual health charity, spanning Birmingham and the Black Country. Steve also has extensive experience of working in Pupil Referral Units and other providers that work with young people outside of mainstream education. Seven years ago Steve decided it was time to translate this set of front line experiences into delivering the subject that was his first passion: Sociology. Helping people to further their academic thinking and explore topics such as ‘Identity’ and ‘New Media’ continues to drive Steve’s enthusiasm for helping young people to develop and fulfil their potential.

Manjinder Raiye (Lecturer in Applied Business)

Desmond Rakhaly (Lecturer in Religious Education and Philosophy)

Desmond 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 over 10 years’ teaching experience in both secondary and further education and was an AQA Sociology examiner. He is a member of the British Philosophical Association.

Dr Avtar Singh (Lecturer in Chemistry and Applied Science)

Avtar has a BSc in Physics from Imperial College, MSc in Protein Crystallography and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds. He has been a postdoctoral research scientist in the National University of Singapore and the University of Birmingham, and his work has appeared in prestigious peer reviewed journals and has been presented at international conferences. Avtar has been awarded DTLLS, QTLS and Professional Formation status by the Institute of learning. He has been teaching diverse science courses at Level 2 and 3, primarily in the FE sector, since 2005. Avtar has been an examiner for various exam boards at GCSE and A Level. His interests include playing and listening to music and reading world literature.

Karen Thompson (Lecturer in Applied Science)

Following her love of science, Karen graduated with a Masters in Biology from Aston University. After completing a PGCE at Newman University, Karen has taught science in schools and colleges in the West Midlands. When not teaching Karen continues to maintain links within healthcare and likes to keep up with current scientific research with a particular interest in ageing and dementia.





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