About ptiernan

Hi! I'm Pridie and established The Wild of the the Words earlier this year. I'm the proud owner of two energetic young children, one crazy dog, far too many books, an inordinate amount of outdoor adventure gear, a mad inventor husband and a little blue VW camper van. 

So, as you can imagine - our world gets quite wild before we've even had breakfast:)

I've taught English for over fourteen years now and the one absolute and unshakeable truth that those years in education have taught me is that kids excel through engagement; if you can fire up their imagination then they'll fly in your subject. For me, this has always meant stepping away from traditional teaching strategies and embracing alternative learning environments - my favourite being the weirder, wild-er world that begins just beyond the window.  My firm belief in the superiority of experiential learning over learning confined to the classroom, has led me to continually seek and develop methods of teaching that rekindle curiousity and creativity in students; boosting their confidence in the subject and sharpening their skills without them even realising - because they're having too much fun!

My background:

Joint Honours Degree in English Literature and Philosophy

Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education (English)

Over fourteen years classroom experience teaching English Language and English Literature to Key Stage 3, 4 (GCSE) and 5 (A Level)

Key Stage Co-ordinator in English

Head of Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (Whole School)

Head of Year for Key Stage 4 responsible for pastoral mentoring and academic monitoring of GCSE year groups

Teaching and Learning coaching for both colleagues and professionals outside the educational establishment in innovative and effective teaching and learning strategies

Education Consultant for independent academy in 2015

Established and developed Global Partnership with school in Uganda including design of curriculum and bilateral exchange of students and staff 2007- present

Private English Tutor KS2-5 since 2012

Director of school Duke of Edinburgh Award programme and currently delivering outdoor adventurous training to sixthformers in South Glos

Qualified Mountain Leader (MLTBS) with over seventeen years experience of organising expeditions for young people and adults

Volunteer for NGO African Initiatives - delivering Global Education Club in Primary Schools


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