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Meet Nicola Smith, Development Officer

Nicola Smith

Tell us a bit about your career to date

I am a fully registered teacher for both Primary and Secondary education, with substantial experience in educational outreach and development.  Working at Glasgow Caledonian University, I led a team who supported and encouraged over 400 schools across 11 Scottish local authorities to achieve their Eco Schools Green Flag award.  I also developed and implemented a sustainable, environmental change and educational outreach programme across Wiltshire while working with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. 

Whilst living in England, I also worked on a government funded pilot project, hosted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, where we identified and developed strategic projects to increase the capacity for children and young people to learn to assess risk through experiential learning.  More recently, I have worked with Poppyscotland on the design and realisation of their mobile museum and learning space, Bud, which tours Scotland visiting schools and community events, exploring the history of Remembrance and starting conversations about its meaning in contemporary Scottish Society, and with Barnardo’s, in various primary schools across Glasgow, working to fully embed Social and Emotional Learning within their curriculum, ethos and values, with the aim of reducing the attainment gap and building strong mental health.

 

What is your role within the SCQFP?

As a Development Officer within the SCQF Partnership I will be responsible for employer engagement, identifying, developing and maintaining new opportunities and partnerships, and supporting the SCQFP Forum to use and engage with the SCQF.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself

At the start of my career, I was one of only 8 female technical teachers in Scotland.  I had to have a rethink, however, as I am allergic to metal and sawdust!

 

Follow Nicola on Twitter @Nicola_SCQF

About the author

Nicola Smith

Development Officer, SCQF Partnership

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