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A list and biographies of our current visiting and associate tutors.

 

Catalina Brook

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Catalina Brook is a qualified teacher and trained in Hong Kong. She moved to the UK in 1985 and started the Woking Chinese School in Surrey.

Catalina has been the Head teacher of the Woking Chinese School for 18 years and has been teaching Chinese children from primary age to ‘A’ level for 24 years. She has been a member of the Education Committee of the UK Federation of Chinese Schools for many years and is its former president. Catalina was also the Chinese language specialist for OCR Asset Languages and one of the authors of Curriculum Guide published by CILT. She is one of the members who developed the Certificate in the Teaching of Community Languages in 2011.

John Clay

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

John Clay qualified as a chemistry teacher and taught science in London schools for over 10 years.

After completing an MA in science education at the Institute of Education he joined Avery Hill College, University of Greenwich as a Lecturer in science education. He then moved to the University of Brighton where he was a PGCE Secondary Science Course Leader and an active academic researcher for 14 years. Following the Macpherson Report he joined Hertfordshire LEA as an Advisor in the Minority Ethnic Curriculum Support Service and then moved to the London Borough of Greenwich as the Senior Inspector for Ethnic Minority Achievement. This was followed by a 2 year stint as a Senior Policy Adviser at the General Teaching Council for England. He is currently an independent education consultant and associate of the Linden Learning Network, an ethical educational consultancy. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths and teaches on the BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Society degree as well as being a tutor on two MA programmes.

Kevin Davidson

Visiting and Associate Tutor
k.davidson (@gold.ac.uk)

Kevin Davidson is a researcher and lecturer in the field of educational studies, where his primary interests centre around the intersection between play, creativity, physical development and cognitive function in the Early Years and Primary schooling.

Kevin is also interested in the implementation of emerging technologies in education and how these can be harnessed to preserve social learning experiences. Kevin began his teaching career exploring a wide range of different educational settings, including sports and youth clubs, schools, summer camps, private tuition and secure institutions, developing an interest in playful and creative approaches to learning. Following this he spent 10 years working as a movement and games teacher in Steiner-Waldorf schools in London and delivers teacher training programmes in this field internationally. After completing a Masters degree in Education at Goldsmiths College in 2016, Kevin was invited to lecture in the Department of Educational Studies on creativity, embodied learning and diffractive pedagogy. In 2018 he worked in partnership with Hong Kong University to conduct research into the relationship between Executive Function and Motor Development in Early Achievement.

Academic qualifications

  • Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching for Higher Education (PG Cert, Goldsmiths College: in progress)
  • MA Education: School-Based Explorations, Goldsmiths College 2017
  • BA Jurisprudence, Oxford University 2005

Teaching

Kevin lectures on the Introduction to Creativity and Learning module on the BA Education, Culture and Society.

Professional projects

Kevin works with teachers and schools to develop active and playful approaches to learning. In 2016 he developed an Active Learners in Numeracy programme in six Reception classrooms in Brixton, funded by the Shine educational charity. A video of the project can be viewed here

Featured publications

Motor Skills and Executive Function Contribute to Early Achievement in East Asia and the Pacific 

Li Zhang, Jin Sun, Ben Richards, Kevin Davidson & Nirmala Rao (2018): Early Education and Development: ISSN: 1040-9289 (Print) 1556-6935 (Online) Published online: 06 Sep 2018.

"A review of the Institute of Neuro - Physiological Psychology (INPP) movement programme undertaken at Greenwich Steiner School in 2011-2012"

Kevin Davidson (2015): Support for Children, Summer 2015, Professional Journal for the Steiner-Waldorf Association for SEN and Disability 

Howard Keen

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Through a teaching career spanning 35 years I have had the extreme pleasure of delivering the wonders of maths to the whole age range from 5 to adult.

I was a maths specialist in primary middle education heavily involved in the inception of the numeracy framework and then moving onto secondary I was head of mathematics at an inner London state school. For the past 5 years, I have been part of the subject knowledge enhancement programme and the mathematics secondary teaching programme at Goldsmiths University.

Phil Richards

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Phil Richards, BA. Dip RSA. MA trained as an actor and director at The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and then gained an MA in Theatre Studies at The Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.

He has qualified teacher’s status and has worked for 15 years in Mainstream Schools, as Head of Drama. He has also managed the Theatre Department, for 4 Years, at the Brit School of Performing Arts. In addition, Phil has worked extensively with students who have disabilities, special educational needs, emotional and behavioral difficulties, and run workshops in care homes, hospitals and prisons. He has run The Complete Works Company (as Chief Executive and Artistic Director) since its incorporation in 1999. 

He has written and directed a wide range of interactive plays and performances (under the pseudonym of Phillip Ashbourne) for both The Complete Works and the Snap Theatre Company, which has also presented his work in other languages. Alongside this, Phil has worked with the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts for the past 15 years, delivering courses on Acting, Directing, Writing, Devising and Community Theatre. He is currently coordinating and lecturing on the Year 2 module Performing Arts in the Community for the BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Society degree as well as lecturing on the new MA Writer-Teacher at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Sawsan Haffar-Saffaf

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Sawsan Haffar-Saffaf works as an Arabic language consultant for Cambridge, Westminster and Goldsmiths Universities and for other exam boards.

Having graduated from Damascus University with a Bachelor degree, Sawsan lived in the UK for 28 years. She became a UK Qualified Arabic teacher and has about 20 years teaching experience in different sectors (private, main-stream, supplementary, primary, Secondary) teaching Arabic as a second language as well as first language. During her teaching years Sawsan became Head of Arabic Department and assistant Head of Languages Department. Sawsan worked on different national and international projects that ranged from designing curriculums to writing assessment papers. Her work at Goldsmiths includes training teachers and providing mentoring and support.

Luma Hameed

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Luma Hameed, BEd. MA is a qualified teacher with a degree in English language and literature from Baghdad University, a PGCE with Arabic and German from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA in Education: Culture, Language and Identity, also from Goldsmiths.

She started teaching at complimentary and private schools and then worked for six years at Sarah Bonnell High School in East London as head of Arabic and German languages. She has taken part in various projects, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, to develop creative and innovative ways in teaching and learning languages and she is now teaching on the Certificate in the Teaching of Arabic in schools. In addition, Luma works with the CIE (Cambridge International Examination) as an exam moderator and writer for Arabic language examination papers. She is also working as a teaching consultant, offering teachers mentoring and guidance needed for their professional development.

Nora Razian

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Nora Razian is a curator and community educator. From Beirut Lebanon, she now works with Tate learning and has established a practice framed by social engagement.

She has recently constituted an artist in residency programme in her home city of Beirut and continues to engage with a range of artists whose work focuses on and explore issues of identity and nationhood. Contact Nora via email at Nora.Razian (@tate.org.uk).

Wendy Riddle

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Wendy Riddle BSc PGCE MSc originally worked as a research microbiologist at British Food Manufacturing Industries Research Association. She then trained to teach at the Centre for Science and Mathematics Education, the flagship centre for training in Nuffield Science courses.

Wendy taught science and A-level biology in various schools mainly in the London Borough of Greenwich and gained experience in fieldwork and outdoor activities during this time. Wendy has also spent some time teaching mathematics, IT and running work experience programmes at KS4.

She studied part-time for her Masters in Health Education. After gaining her MSc from London University, Wendy undertook a 3 year research and development project for the Health Education Council. Museums and zoos as informal educational institutions became a professional interest. More recently Wendy worked as a member of the team of tutors at Kings College London inducting cohorts of teachers from Egypt into the British system of education for science and mathematics. Wendy has been a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, working with both science PGCE students and undergraduates participating in the Student Associate scheme.

Michaela Ross

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Michaela Ross is an artist and lecturer currently working towards a PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

In 2005 she was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council studentship to research the relationship between the artist and the institution, and the ‘educational turn’ in contemporary arts practice. She has collaborated with museums and galleries including Tate, the Serpentine Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary and has worked on international projects as part of Critical Practice, a cluster of artists, academics and researchers based at the University of the Arts London.

Amy Thompson

Visiting and Associate Tutor
educ-studies (@gold.ac.uk)

Amy Thompson is a qualified teacher in MFL and EAL. She has managed and led school improvement teams specialising in EAL (English as an additional language) and ethnic minority achievement for three local education authorities.

She has been a link adviser and a school improvement partner, supporting headteachers in whole school improvement. Her main research interest is bilingualism and bilingual approaches in mainstream classrooms. She is Education Adviser to the UK Federation of Chinese Schools and was Chair of NALDIC - the national subject association for EAL - from 2010-2013. Amy is a published author. She is tutor on the Goldsmiths’ PGCE programme and the Certificate for Teaching Community Languages.