Teaching & Facilitation

Vicky is an inspirational mentor. She’s devoted her attention to helping me develop and hone my work and given me both confidence and direction as a poet, always listening to my point of view respectfully alongside offering her own. She has always believed in me and invested in helping me succeed. I leave sessions with new perspectives on pieces that help me see things afresh. Georgie Woodhead, 17 Winner of the New Poets Prize 2020

For 22 year, Vicky has worked as a creative facilitator and enabler of others through projects, course, workshops and work experience placements. Much of this work has focused on the creative development of young people (14 to 30) and spans teaching (formal and informal), mentoring, training and supervising (on creative work experiences). She’s taught people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and delivered projects in a wide variety of contexts and settings including colleges, community centres, libraries and galleries.

Teaching across: visual arts and visual literacy, darkroom and digital photograph, animation, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, web design, creative writing, journalism and radio, Vicky has also delivered a wide variety of training to school teachers, youth workers, librarians and young apprentices.

For the past 13 years, she has delivered diverse writing projects for young people for various organisations and initiatives. Since 2007, she has run creative writing groups in South Yorkshire delivering regular workshops across a wide range of writing forms for young writers aged 14 to 19s (Signposts/Writing Yorkshire & since 2016, significantly via Hive South Yorkshire).

Vicky began teaching in the autumn of 1998 after finished a Degree in Fine Art. She cut her teeth as a facilitator and teacher for many years at Site Gallery in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, working with a wide range of community groups to widen participation, build partnerships and deliver workshops, projects and courses in darkroom/digital photography and multimedia arts.

Recent feedback from Poetry Wales Workshop:

Brilliant, brilliant workshop, Vicky. I loved every second of it! Didn’t even pause for chocolate! I’ve been to loads over lockdown and yours was the standout highlight of them all! Can’t wait for the next one : )Thank you so much – Katharine G
Thank you for leading the workshop with such good humour and skill.  I enjoyed it a lot and have the germ of a poem. Your prompt about groups made me think of those amazing clock makers obsessed with measuring time and dreaming up and constructing the most astonishing computer machines 400 years ago. Anne B
Huge thanks Vicky for a brilliant workshop just what I needed and beyond my expectations. – Lorraine O

Teaching qualifications:
Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – 14+ Further Education Teaching [University of Huddersfield 2011-2013] City & Guilds Certificates in FE Teaching – Levels 1 & 2 [Sheffield College 2002 & 2003]

Writing bodies tutored for include:
Hive Young Writers Network, Arvon, Poetry Wales, Wakefield Literature Festival, Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Much of her teaching work has been informal but she has taught formally on the following qualifications:
BTEC National Diploma, ASDAN, OCNs, NCFE, Arts Award