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Spotlight: New Tutor

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Getting involved in #StudyGood has been a great opportunity for us here at touchconsulting ltd to expand the pool of tutors we’re working with. It has been brilliant to get John Wright on board. 

Sheffield-based John trained as a social purpose educator at The Northern College, where his tutor happened to be our Community of Practice lead Lou Mycroft! Despite the difficulty of getting him to classes when Sheffield Wednesday were playing at home, John excelled at his Cert Ed and went on to study for a BA in Education and Professional Development, followed by a Masters in Education at Huddersfield University. He is currently working on a PhD with Lancaster University.

John’s focus for #StudyGood is Module 1: Co-Creating the Curriculum with Employers. A business owner himself, he is well placed to work with organisations to help them create the conditions for great communication and co-working practice. As Deputy Head of Learning at Sheffield College, John focused on introducing endpoint assessment and e-portfolios and led his team to the coveted (because peer-nominated) Team of the Year Award. His skills as a teacher educator also come into play when working with experienced professionals.

Here, John talks about his experience so far.


John Wright

“I enjoy being part of the #StudyGood team because it brings together all my educational experiences so far, including my own journey as an adult returner. I love working with the practitioner teams, people who – like myself – are committed to doing good work with young people. 

As a business owner myself, I also bring in the employer element. Educationalists and employers don’t always understand one another and I’m pleased that my insight is enabling the providers I work with to close that gap and encounter employers in a space where they can genuinely work together to co-produce meaningful, localised curricula. 

There’s added value in working with practitioners, as I’ve learned from my work as a teacher educator at Kirklees College and elsewhere. When we are in the training room, we are equal as thinkers and that mutual respect enables us to work through knowledge, learn skills and gain confidence.”

Watch out for the spotlight on another of our talented tutors in our next Communication.

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