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Like the majority of my students, I come from a working class background. So for me, ensuring that NBA students are given the same opportunities and quality of teaching as children from more affluent areas is incredibly rewarding. I get to show my students that life isn’t just here on College Road: life can be beyond here, beyond Birmingham and even beyond England.
As an English teacher, it can be a challenge working with students with varying levels of ability, who may not have their own books at home. But thanks to our dedicated team, results are improving. A number of our students have even gone on to study at the very best universities in the country.
Personally, I’ve had lots of training opportunities at NBA. There is a real focus on making sure that both staff and students are developing here. Leaders actively encourage our professional development, ensuring that we’re taking advantage of the many opportunities available within the academy and the trust.
I’ve been in this role for almost two years but I’ve been at Blackley for 18 years. I started as an administrator and progressed to office manager, then to finance manager and finally operations lead.
Blackley has been part of E-ACT since 2012 - I supported staff through the move so I saw the transformation first-hand. We now work very closely with other academies in our region and we have such a strong, supportive regional team. It was the regional team that pushed me to train and gain new skills, which has got me to where I am now.
Making memories and ensuring that pupils want to come to the academy is so important, and I’m thrilled to play a role in that. Every day is so different. It’s rewarding when a Year 6 leaver says their favourite memory from Blackley is the literacy programme where they got to meet Manchester City players: knowing that I helped make that happen is such a good feeling.
My aim is to make us buy better – we’re 28 academies all buying the same things. My job is to make us more efficient by getting academies to make those purchases together, so that we can then put those savings back into educating our students.
I have to know a little bit about everything – or at least try to find out! My days are quite varied: I could be liaising with operational staff, meeting suppliers, looking at public sector frameworks. I enjoy my job because I get to speak to people in a variety of roles and locations and look at the big picture.
I feel I’ve been able to really develop in the three years I’ve been here. I qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) which E-ACT really supported me with. It’s something I started years ago, so being able to complete that was great for me professionally.