Karen Oakes

I am delighted to be part the Education Standards Committee at Haughton Academy. I entered the teaching profession in 2010 as a second career to teach business and management at a further education college. I moved into college management after teaching higher education courses including teacher training. During this time, I managed English and maths, access to higher education, teacher training and I worked closely with the local university as a higher education manager. My last five years in college management was with apprenticeship provision in engineering and construction.

In 2022 I moved to work for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education which is an arm’s length body of the Department for Education. I am a senior product manager overseeing the development of apprenticeships and other technical products such as T-levels, higher technical qualifications and post-16 qualifications in the health and healthcare sector.

In my new role there was an opportunity for me to do some volunteering which came about when Haughton Academy were looking for parent governors. I jumped at the chance and was delighted to be asked to be the link for curriculum. This is an area where I know I can provide support, with an understanding of the challenges that the Academy faces. Developing academic, social and personal skills at secondary level is valuable for pupils’ progression onto their next steps, be it in a further education setting, an apprenticeship or work. I hope to contribute to the success of Haughton Academy and its pupils’ progress by being part of the Education Standards Committee.

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