Kate Collier has a background in Primary Education as a teacher in schools in Worcestershire and London. In recent years, she has worked as a deputy headteacher in a South London primary school, leading a school direct teacher training programme. As a deputy head, Kate was responsible for curriculum development and assessment, but her favourite parts of the job were running various clubs (from coding to current affairs), being out on the playground and teaching brilliant young people.
Kate is also a training director for the Active Training and Education Trust (ATE) which run residential summer camps for children and young people. This involves training new volunteers, delivering CPD for existing staff, and running summer camps herself. These always involve lots of outdoor play, crafts, singing, campfires and contact with nature.
Currently, Kate is writing her MA dissertation about primary pupils’ perceptions of the value and benefits of playtime. Kate has joined OPAL as a freelance mentor for the Midlands region.