Andrea Beattie

BSc, PGCE and PGDip

I completed my PGCE in 2010 at the University of Leicester, gaining QTS at the same time. My degree is in Equine Sports Science as horses have been a passion of mine since I was nine years old. I also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Working with Children and Families: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach in 2017. When time allows I am looking forwards to completing the Masters year of this course, but not just now, as I am enjoying learning to be a mummy to my nine-month-old son.

My main area of expertise is helping children for whom English is an additional language to learn English, particularly younger children. I have worked in many schools where the majority of children did not have English as a first language, and this taught me the value of using pictures and sign language to help children acquire new words. I honed these skills while teaching at an international school in Thailand. I have worked across the whole of the Primary age range but I have extensive experience within the early years and the foundation stage.

I am also passionate about helping children to become emotionally literate through the use of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a powerful tool in helping children (and adults) to understand, accept and manage their changing emotions.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with horses and have recently begun learning how to work with horses without using a bridle so they are free to make more of their own choices. This has been (and still is) a huge learning curve for me, but I am relishing the challenge.

Other pastimes of mine are yoga, walking, playing my flute and reading. A varied life helps to keep me feeling my best! I always think of imaginative ways to help children grasp tricky concepts and am really looking forwards to helping your child fulfil their potential.