We always want to hear from people who are interested in the Feltham Convening Partnership (FCP) and share our passion to collectively improve outcomes for children and young people.
Please get in touch with a member of the Planning Team if you would like to find out more about how to get involved or just to share your story - we are here to listen and learn!
Mei has over 13 years experience working across all phases in education. She worked in South East London as a secondary History teacher, before leaving to study a Masters in Public Policy degree for 2 years in Berlin, with a focus on education and social policy. Returning to the UK, she decided to move into the primary phase and was Headteacher of a primary academy in Guildford until December 2018.
During this time, Mei met Ed and was inspired by his vision to develop a complementary model that works alongside schools to support children and families, which is why she joined the Reach Children's Hub in 2019. Mei now oversees the Hub and is excited to be leading the Planning Team for the FCP, as she believes passionately in the importance of building capacity across communities, so that every child can thrive and enjoy a life of choice and opportunity.
Victoria is the Evaluation Lead for FCP’s Planning Team. She is also in the final year of her PhD, which involves developing an ethnographic case study of the Reach cradle-to-career school design in affiliation with the University of Manchester and the Economic Social and Research Council. The FCP work aligns closely with her research interests which focus on the link between area-based dynamics and educational inequities. Victoria began her career as a secondary school teacher and taught in Wolverhampton and London. In her spare time, she is a youth mentor for a local charity and also enjoys running.
Teo grew up in Eastern Romania where the symptoms of a corrupt and faulty system sparked a lifelong interest and empathy to work with children. At 16, he and his family had to leave Romania and move to the UK where he studied Psychology, with a particular focus on cognitive development. His passion for working with community-based initiatives started during his MSc, where, as a student of Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics, Teo focused his research on well-being and resources management in an unbalanced system. Before joining Reach Children's Hub as an Evaluator, Teo taught English as a second language in Spain, Lisbon and Ireland, and worked as a Teaching Assistant throughout London. So far, his work centred around the Early Years, working with local parents, children and practitioners to learn more about the experiences of the Feltham community.
Samantha has recently finished her Masters Degree in International Communications and Media. Whilst studying, Samantha began tutoring at Explore Learning where she discovered a passion for serving and impacting the lives of children through the means of education, but also through relationships. Currently, working as the Communications Associate for both Feltham Convening Project and Reach Foundation, Samantha hopes to use her knowledge and experience in communications to help impact children and young people. It is her desire to see children and young people live their lives to its full potential whilst enjoying every single aspect of their childhood, as much as possible. Besides communications, Samantha enjoys watching a variety of youtube channels, old television series, such as Criminal Minds and other real-life documentaries.
Sophie joined Reach Academy through the Teach First Leadership Development in 2013. She loved being head of year, and enjoyed seeing her cohort of year 7 students progress through the school and continue into work, apprenticeships, training and university. She joined the Hub in 2021 and is looking forward to working with different members of the Feltham community, and also to getting back in touch with previous Reach Academy students as she develops the Reach On alumni network. Sophie has built many positive relationships with the young people of Feltham and their families, and is excited to see how the community can work together to improve outcomes for children and young people.
Roles & forms of participation for different local stakeholders
If it is to be as effective, the convening project needs to engage with a wide variety of different local stakeholders, providing a range of different ways for people to feed into decisions, based on their capacity, interests, professional remits, and preferences.
Here are just a few of the ways people can choose to actively participate in meaningful decision-making through the project and have their voices heard: