Beatrix Groves

Teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Beatrix Groves

Teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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I was born in 1956 (in Longbenton), and have lived all my life on Tyneside. I came back into adult education in 1980 when I started taking courses with the WEA (Workers' Educational Association). Within a year I had been recruited as a WEA volunteer, and shortly afterwards was Secretary of Whitley Bay WEA Branch, helping with the organisation and planning of courses for adults. Thereafter I was Chair of Newcastle WEA Branch, and was taking part in WEA affairs both regionally and nationally.

I first trained as a tutor in 1986, when I completed the C&G 730 Further Education Teachers Cert. Straight afterwards I took the RSA Teachers' Cert in IT. I was also, at that point, part of the teaching team for North Tyneside College (now Tyne Met) C&G 730. Later this led to doing the Vocational Assessor's Award and a Licentiate with the City & Guilds (LCGI). By 1997 I had completed my Degree in FE with Sunderland University (with first-class honours).

Throughout this time I spent my career teaching ICT, Teacher Education, Philosophy, Politics, Science, Music History and Gender Issues. I've worked almost continually as a contractual part-time teacher, and have been employed by most of the FE, ACL and HE organisations in the Tyneside area. I still work for the WEA. In 2000 I was one of the prize winners in the NIACE national Tutor Awards.

In 1995 I was the founder (and thereafter the General Secretary) of the Association of Part-Time Tutors (APTT) – a voluntary organisation set up to support, advise and train part-time tutors/lecturers in the further and adult education sector.

By 2009 I had joined the Institute for Learning (IfL), and stood for election as a member of the Institute's national Council. I was elected to Council that same year. I also applied for Qualified Teacher, Learning & Skills – and was awarded QTLS in 2010. When the elections for IfL President came along, I decided to have a try for the job. Much to my surprise, I was successful The President's role has given me a very wide range of experience and insight into how the further education system works, and allowed to meet a great many IfL members around the country. Just recently I was also appointed as National Ambassador for the WEA. And I'm now part of 'Time to Change NE CiC' in collaboration with my friend Bev Howe. It's been quite an amazing journey!

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