Deborah is working closely with Maslaha as an educational consultant and team member on our work adapting the award-winning Escuela Nueva model to a UK context. Deborah brings with her over twenty years secondary school teaching experience from a wide range of roles including pastoral and subject leadership, environmental education, STEM and STEAM development, and senior leadership. She was formerly London Science Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and winner of the Rolls Royce Science Prize for science education.
Deborah specialises in development of innovative and challenging curriculum models and practice. Her interests and expertise centre on education for creativity; the dynamics of cultural and faith commitments in educational contexts; research and evaluation methodologies; coaching; and environmental education. She has an MA in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Warwick University, and is an experienced coach and Philosophy for Children practitioner. Deborah also formerly worked as a farmer and Agricultural Scientist and maintains an active interest in growing, gardening and the world of nature.
She has extensive experience and commitment to models of school as embedded and active in their local communities and wider networks. This has included work as a London Challenge coach; establishment of STEM hubs and networks; and working on research projects with organisations including Creative Partnerships, Sheffield Hallam University, the Nuffield Foundation, Kings College London, and the University of York. She has acted as consultant to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and The Royal Society among others.
Deborah is a long-standing environmental campaigner and champion of education for sustainability and led a nationally-celebrated immersive environmental education programme for several years. She is currently Sustainability Champion at St James's Church in Piccadilly. In addition to continuously reducing the carbon footprint of this very busy and multi-faceted charity, she works on educational and awareness-raising initiatives in the arena of science, faith, and climate change.