Kate McAllister is a qualified teacher with nearly 20 years’ experience. She is a passionate advocate of education as a means to transform lives. She began her career as a teacher of French and then as Head of Languages in secondary education. Kate developed global citizenship initiatives across Brighton and Hove as International Coordinator and led dozens of foreign language trips and exchanges. For the past 10 years, Kate has been developing inclusive and innovative curricula which not only improve exam results but also focus on preparing young people to become effective learners beyond the classroom. In 2009 she developed the highly successful Learning Skills curriculum at an Academy in Brighton, which has been researched by Cambridge University and led to significant gains in academic attainment, especially among young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds (Mannion & Mercer, 2016). She is the co-founder of Rethinking Education (rethinking-ed.org), an organisation that works with school leaders and teachers to develop effective teaching practices. In 2015 Kate founded the School Bus Project and spent six months teaching in the Jungle in Calais. In 2016 she co-founded Crisis Classroom; which trains volunteer teachers to deliver innovative educational projects in crisis and emergency situations. You can contact her at [email protected].
Darren Abrahams is a coach, therapist, trainer and edupreneur and is the creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and groups. He works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of creativity, music and trauma, arts and community, social entrepreneurship and personal development. Darren is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (trauma therapist), a Brainspotter, a Sound Healer and a Certified High Performance Coach. He is also a professional singer and has performed in opera all over the world. He is the co-creator of Circular Sounds, a transformational process using the power of symbols to expand potential, build teams and unlock ideas; creator of PIOneers, a collaborative social enterprise programme linking young people, teachers and employers from around the world; and co-founder of Crisis Classroom, an organisation which trains volunteer teachers to provide education in non formal and emergency settings. In 2008 Darren co-founded the Starr Trust with his brother in law, Rob Starr, a Brighton based charity that supports young people aged 10-18 to fulfil their potential through sports, arts, education and enterprise. The Starr Trust is now planning its expansion into a purpose built community hub on the seafront in Hove as part of a multi million pound regeneration project. Darren will be Creative Director of this new building. www.darrenabrahams.com
Crisis Classroom is a Restricted Fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund, Registered Charity number 1099682