Hayley graduated from The University of Sheffield with a duel honours degree in English and History in 2004. She then trained to teach English as a Foreign Language, before taking on a role at an English Language Centre in China. During her time in China she taught children aged 4 – 17 in basic communication skills, and taught adult learners in English communication, and business English.
Hayley trained as a Secondary School teacher in the UK in 2008 and qualified with a PGCE in History from The University of Bristol. During this time she undertook research in Special Educational Needs, and approaches to supporting recently bereaved children.
Hayley taught in the UK for 7 years, starting her career as Lead Teacher for Humanities in a Pupil Referral Unit before holding roles as a secondary History teacher and an achievement coordinator for students transitioning from primary to secondary school. During this time, she worked extensively with newly qualified and student teachers, delivering workshops on the fundamentals of good pedagogy, with a specialism in behaviour management and differentiation for visually- and hearing-impaired students.
Hayley has taken on a variety of leadership roles within UK schools, including Head of History and Head of Year. Whilst undertaking these roles, she presented at several Teacher Led Conferences leading presentations on collaborative work, engagement in the classroom, and differentiation for ESL students. She also led workshops within her school on ‘questioning’ and ‘Assessment for Learning’.
In these roles, Hayley built an extensive pastoral care skillset, including the management of child protection concerns. She completed her advanced interagency safeguarding training in 2013 and led workshops for whole school teams on management of safeguarding concerns. Alongside teaching, Hayley has also worked as a GCSE assessor for a major examination board.
In Malaysia she has held Senior Leadership roles in an international school, including two years as Principal. Professional development was a central part of her role, and she trained teachers and middle leaders on a weekly basis. Topics included: differentiation, assessment for learning, engagement, collaboration, literacy, questioning, and lesson observations. She also travelled to other International School’s and delivered a series of 1 day workshops with Primary and Secondary staff.
Hayley started at LeapEd as a Programme Design and Development Specialist in 2019, and in her short time at the company has facilitated training with University Lecturers on “How to model good Pedagogy with engaging Androgyny”, and developed training units for Teachers, Middle Leaders and Senior Leaders. She is currently pursuing certification in Instructional Design Models.
Hayley firmly believes that creating the right learning environment is fundamental to student success and works to ensure that all her training sessions create a working culture that allow individuals to thrive, build confidence, and take on the challenge of life long learning.