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About Us - Stacey Howard

Stacey Howard has been involved in education for 20 years holding various roles after qualifying with a merit in National Diploma in Childcare and education. Stacey started on her journey predominately working in Early Years receiving 'outstanding' from Ofsted for her contribution to the child care and education of the children in foundation stage.

Stacey has always had a passion for sport and being an advanced teaching assistant during the school sports partnership era Stacey was able to gain level one NGB qualifications in most sports from football to tennis and TOPs sport Outdoor Adventurous Activities.

Having always enjoyed adventurous sports herself participating in everything from abseiling, kayaking, gorge walking and rock climbing to name a few Stacey developed an ethos that there was a sport out there for everyone.

The highlight of Stacey's career came in 2014 when she was chosen by David Beckham, Darren Campbell & Jessica Ennis-Hill as Sky Sports Living for Sport Teacher of the year after being nominated by the 10 x British inline skater Champion Jenna Downing for her work with Secondary pupils at Carlton Holy Family using the SSLFS 6 keys to success not only to influence and encourage disengaged pupils but using the 6 keys ethos mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success throughout her work in education. Stacey has appeared on Sky Game Changers TV show a number of times to show case the vast activities she brings to the pupils of Carlton Holy Family High School, you can see one of her many videos here

For many years Stacey supported school trips to educational outdoor centres such as Bewerley Park (Pately Bridge, Yorkshire) and East Barnby (Whitby, Yorkshire) and even now if she gets the opportunity to take students to these centre's she throws herself into the role.

"I have always valued the work, education and ethos that outdoor adventurous activities allow children to achieve, this is why I am passionate that bringing outdoor education to the schools can be an important step schools take into developing young minds"

After taking a role as a School Games Organiser looking after the competition calendar for over 45 schools both primary and secondary Stacey realised that although there were over 90 competitions happening in the area non of these included opportunities for team building or outdoor adventurous activities, knowing how vital problem solving skills can be in day to day living Stacey decided to start working on the concept Outdoor Ted, KS1 & KS2 friendly outdoor education ready to be launched in Spetember 2017.

Sarah is a qualified teacher, keen amateur runner and has a great love for the outdoors. From childhood, holidays have often been spent camping in various spots around the UK and abroad with days spent walking, climbing, canoeing and having the opportunity to explore and learn about the countryside environment.   

 

Sarah gained QTS in July 1990 and in the intervening years has worked in a variety of settings and roles based around class teaching and her two great passions, music and sport. Her career started working as a class teacher in Year 3 where she was delighted to be appointed as music lead for the school, a role which lead to the school choir being ‘talent spotted’ and asked to record for a BBC schools programme.  

It was at this time that she also started to build her love of sport and the outdoors into the school day by setting up a range of lunchtime and after school clubs covering hockey, badminton and athletics to name a few. 

 

For over 15 years Sarah has been involved in residential visits to educational outdoor centres, predominantly the National Outdoors Centre at Plas Y Brenin in Snowdonia where she has actively thrown herself into a range of activities including canoeing, abseiling, climbing, orienteering and hill walking. The way in which children in this environment challenge themselves, encourage one another and find new skills and abilities is something which never fails to delight and inspire her.  

 

Ten years ago, Sarah’s passion for all things sporting was recognised and she was given the role of PE lead in a large primary school. Initially, Sarah worked on increasing the profile of PE and outdoor learning within the school, before building up the competitive, sporting endeavours of the children, leading to the honour of being invited to compete in an athletics event in 2012 in the presence of the Olympic flame and Sebastian Coe. During this period, Sarah also gained the Level 5 Certificate in Primary PE Specialism. The sporting achievements of the school were recognised by the award of the Gold School Games Mark.  

 

Through her years of residential visits, Sarah has seen at first hand the importance of team building, problem solving and outdoor adventurous activities and is excited about helping children to engage with and learn from their outdoor environment through Outdoor Ted. 

  

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