Vikki Pendry is CEO of the Curriculum Foundation, a UK based International Education Consultancy specialising in curriculum review and redesign. Vikki runs her own education consultancy in parallel, Florus Education which features creative curriculum projects. She has worked in 3 UK Primary schools as a senior leader in 3 different parts of the UK, as a specialist teacher for maths and for development education and is currently a Governor at a secondary School in York. Vikki is currently studying for a doctorate in Education at UCL where she is exploring curriculum implementation in a range of contrasting contexts which builds on her previous research into the effective use of authentic data across the maths curriculum. Vikki is a regular guest speaker at conferences such as TEESNet and UKFIET and is a guest lecturer at Liverpool Hope University.
Curriculum review and development
Vikki works with individual and groups of schools to make important links between curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Programmes of support with schools most frequently result in the development of a curriculum framework which brings consistency, coherence and flexibility across subjects, reflecting national (and international) guidelines and expectations whilst remaining rooted in the local context. Curriculum review and redesign processes currently explore in particular the need to balance and blend a 'Knowledge Rich' curriculum with plans for personal development and well-being.
Teaching and Learning Programmes and Resources
As well as working with schools, Vikki works with organisations such as HSBC, UNICEF, OXFAM to develop innovative teaching and learning programmes and resources. Programmes such as Energy Heroes with Northern Power Grid and Water Explorers for example have reached over 200 schools and continues to gain recognition for it's close connection to global issues from a local perspective.
Through her work with the Curriculum Foundation, Vikki has worked extensively to review and redesign curricular at a national level in South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia. Vikki has contributed to the writing of textbooks and other teaching and learning materials across East Africa also and her research article promoting the embedding of Social and Emotional Learning across the curriculum has featured in a number of international conferences and journals. Vikki is currently writing a Handbook for teachers in low-resource settings to effectively implement a competency-based curriculum.Resources she has produced for charity based schools in Kenya (slum schools) and Ethiopia have been highly acclaimed.
Painting the World by Numbers:
A programme of materials and training which aim to help teachers explore how ‘global data’ can be used as a rich, authentic context for developing statistics and problem solving skills in primary mathematics. The programme supports pupils to build on what they know to solve problems in increasingly complex contexts. The materials were developed as part of the Global Learning Programme and an associated piece of qualitative research with University College London.
The programme aims to help teachers:
"I have had the pleasure to attend a number of inspiring workshops and keynotes for school teachers that Victoria from Florus Education has run at different conferences. She is engaging, using lively active learning methods, well informed, up to date and full of innovative and practical ideas."
"Vikki’s lessons about important global issues are relevant and creative, inspiring learners of all ages to think deeply about these ‘big’ issues. Her whole school projects, often culminating in a beautiful display or performance, have brought the whole school community together. We look forward to continuing to draw on her expertise as we re-design our curriculum this year."
"We have partnered with Vikki from Florus Education on a number of projects including for York Minster, the International Bomber Command and Wakefield District Council exploring the heritage of the Heart of Wakefield. Vikki’s expertise as an Advanced Skills Teacher, a curriculum development specialist and former Deputy Head Teacher is a huge asset to our company. Vikki provides great insight. Her work with children and young people is a delight and truly inspirational. Vikki is both highly professional at all times and great fun to work with."
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