Jo Steer is an experienced and passionate learning practitioner with a decade of experience in both primary and secondary schools within West Yorkshire.
Initially working within the primary sector, she taught, inspired and devoted herself to classes across KS2, whilst also taking on leadership positions such as Leader in learning, Collaborative Learning Champion, Humanities Coordinator and Acting SENDco.
Taking this experience into secondary education, Jo then moved into a role as a ‘Primary to Secondary Transition teacher’, teaching a alternative core curriculum to SEND children who were not ‘secondary-ready.’ She also coordinated a unique department for all Year 7/8 pupils, based on developing life skills.
In creating and delivering specific skill-focused lessons; through pushing children to grow their resilience, attention, independence, confidence, collaboration and much more; Jo began to feel that other schools and students would benefit from practising these same skills. So with this in mind, she left her role in July 2017…though she did stay a week later to lead an action-packed Summer School for upcoming year 7 students.
Over the following months, vague ideas became tangible plans and in January, 2018, Skills with Frills Education Ltd. launched as a business, offering skill-based learning opportunities to schools in Yorkshire.
Jo’s CPD has continued to expand and she’s now also trained in:
– Mindfulness for 7-11 year olds (British Mindfulness Institute)
– CBT Essentials (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) with the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT Accreditation Level 2)
– ‘Yogakidz’ teaching, listed in the UK teachers’ directory here.
Jo is deeply passionate about children’s mental health, so it’s hardly surprising that wellbeing and mindfulness have organically become a key part of everything that the business offers; the frills to our skills; a mindfulness approach to learning and life.
She is currently delivering a number of different services to schools within West Yorkshire, from weekly ‘supply cover‘ with pre-planned learning experiences, to one-off Mindfulness Masterclasses, repeated across classes within schools. Her unique knowledge, training and experience; her enthusiasm for student-lead, skill-based learning; her ability to quickly connect with and motivate children, allow her to provide an enriching classroom experience for your students.
If you’d like to see Jo in action at your school, contact us here to arrange a booking or to discuss options. Don’t forget to check the availability calendar on the home page – it’s updated daily!
Want to hear more from Jo herself? Take a peek at the Skills with Frills blog, or check out Jo’s latest contribution on TES. Interested specifically in overcoming anxiety and gaining happiness? As part of the ‘Happy 2018 challenge’, Jo blogs every day on sister-site Anxious-Ambition.com