OUR JOURNEY… SO FAR

Student Navigator started as a hobby, a passion of mine, when I left full time teaching. It combined all the aspects of my work that I loved and missed the most, but were often lost in the daily demands of a busy school dayworking with young people on a one to one basis, inspiring and motivating them to have confidence in their skills and abilities, to aspire to be the best they can be. It has grown through personal recommendation and word of mouth and now, by demand, we have a website and are opening our services so that many more people can find us.

Our students are successful in their exams, and in what it is they are aiming to do, but more importantly, they have grown in confidence and developed their skills, along the path that takes them there.

Fiona Maida

MEET OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

FIONA MAIDA

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT NAVIGATOR

Secondary Lead

I worked in secondary schools in East Leeds as a classroom teacher, Head of Humanities and Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher for fourteen years, before leaving in 2013 to write and have more time to look after my three boys and elderly parents.

Since then, I have been employed as a consultant by schools throughout Leeds, universities and educational social enterprises; examined for OCR and AQA ; and successfully mentored young people through their critical exam years.

This work has allowed me to work more creatively and have a very unique insight into how a variety of schools work, what they offer and the pressures young people face.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FIONA

I love working with young people, and enjoy discovering what makes them learn best as well as what hinders their learning; seeking creative and individual solutions. Student Navigator allows me to work with students from every type of background and school, and find ways to help them succeed at what it is they want to do.

 Before entering the teaching profession, I worked in television as an assistant director and writer. However, it was while teaching as a volunteer in Uganda and Malawi that I realised how teaching provides you with opportunities to seek creative solutions and see them bear fruit almost straightaway, and that spurred me on to study for a PGCE at Leeds University in Religious Studies and Drama. 

 (I graduated in 1990 from the University of St Andrews with a Masters of Theology. The beauty of the Scottish university system allowed me to study a range of subjects including English Literature, Economics, Psychology as well as the Theology and Philosophy of Religion that I finally specialised in.)

HELEN LAFLIN

PRIMARY LEAD

I graduated from the University of Leeds with a Psychology degree, and then continued my studies at the University of Leeds to gain a PGCE in Primary Education.  I began working in Primary schools in Leeds in 2001 and worked as a classroom teacher, Mathematics subject leader and Special Needs Coordinator across both the state and private sector.

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I became a school improvement consultant for Leeds City Council, working with children, teachers, governors and senior leadership teams in Primary schools across Leeds to improve mathematics teaching and learning.  In 2008 my role expanded to working with Edge Hill University to train specialist teachers in Leeds who worked with children with significant mathematical difficulties.  In this role I was able to reignite my passion for psychology and the study of how children develop and learn, gaining a postgraduate diploma in early mathematics and intervention. 

I have been lucky enough to work with international schools both in Europe and the Middle East, and have written maths teaching materials for Oxford University Press.  I now balance my work as an independent Primary Maths Consultant with being mum to three children, juggling the school run, swimming lessons, Brownies, Cubs, gymnastics and so on!

Working with children on a one to one basis has given me a unique opportunity to explore the impact of confidence and self esteem on learning behaviours.  I relish working with children to help them gain independence, resilience and self belief.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FIONA

I love working with young people, and enjoy discovering what makes them learn best as well as what hinders their learning; seeking creative and individual solutions. Student Navigator allows me to work with students from every type of background and school, and find ways to help them succeed at what it is they want to do.

 Before entering the teaching profession, I worked in television as an assistant director and writer. However, it was while teaching as a volunteer in Uganda and Malawi that I realised how teaching provides you with opportunities to seek creative solutions and see them bear fruit almost straightaway, and that spurred me on to study for a PGCE at Leeds University in Religious Studies and Drama. 

 (I graduated in 1990 from the University of St Andrews with a Masters of Theology. The beauty of the Scottish university system allowed me to study a range of subjects including English Literature, Economics, Psychology as well as the Theology and Philosophy of Religion that I finally specialised in.)

LEARN MORE ABOUT HELEN

I became a school improvement consultant for Leeds City Council, working with children, teachers, governors and senior leadership teams in Primary schools across Leeds to improve mathematics teaching and learning.  In 2008 my role expanded to working with Edge Hill University to train specialist teachers in Leeds who worked with children with significant mathematical difficulties.  In this role I was able to reignite my passion for psychology and the study of how children develop and learn, gaining a postgraduate diploma in early mathematics and intervention. 

I have been lucky enough to work with international schools both in Europe and the Middle East, and have written maths teaching materials for Oxford University Press.  I now balance my work as an independent Primary Maths Consultant with being mum to three children, juggling the school run, swimming lessons, Brownies, Cubs, gymnastics and so on!

Working with children on a one to one basis has given me a unique opportunity to explore the impact of confidence and self esteem on learning behaviours.  I relish working with children to help them gain independence, resilience and self belief.

PENNY CONLIN

CAREERS LEAD

With over 20 years experience of working in Careers with school and college students I bring expertise and passion to helping individuals navigate career options and achieve their education and employment goals.

I have worked with students in several London Boroughs and across different Universities, including BPP University Business School and Universities of Reading and York.  This has included helping school students think about course options and undergraduates get onto graduate schemes.  Ive provided specialist support to students with SEND and autism about education and employment options.

 

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A graduate of Liverpool University I am also fully qualified as a Careers Professional (L7) and am also completing a Masters at University of East London in Careers Coaching.

I am a registered member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Whats been common in all my work is helping young people realise their unique skills and strengths and build confidence in themselves to make positive decisions about their future.  I use coaching and mentoring to help overcome barriers and doubts and combine this with expert knowledge about recruiting trends and the labour market to help students pick the best options and take positive actions.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PENNY

A graduate of Liverpool University I am also fully qualified as a Careers Professional (L7) and am also completing a Masters at University of East London in Careers Coaching.

I am a registered member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Whats been common in all my work is helping young people realise their unique skills and strengths and build confidence in themselves to make positive decisions about their future.  I use coaching and mentoring to help overcome barriers and doubts and combine this with expert knowledge about recruiting trends and the labour market to help students pick the best options and take positive actions.