Specialist Course Providers 2018-2019

  • Upbeat Music and Arts - David Powell

    David Powell studied percussion and drum kit at Leeds College of Music followed by a post graduate course at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith’s College London. On leaving college, he joined the critically acclaimed 50’s R & B band ‘The Big Town Playboys’ touring Britain and Europe and performing alongside Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton. 
    His teaching career started as an LA peripatetic teacher in 1989 which led to primary classroom teaching before joining the Gwent Music Service as Assistant Head in 2000. After a very productive and successful period in this role, David realised his passion for inclusivity and access by forming ‘Upbeat Music and Arts’ in 2013 to provide projects, workshops and regular tuition for whole classes of children focussing on high class delivery whilst not losing sight of educating the whole child.  Upbeat has a team possessing a wealth of talented and experienced teachers and facilitators and is developing a portfolio that inspires, invigorates and challenges pupils. Upbeat has built a reputation for excellent quality, child centred delivery through their constantly evolving portfolio viewable at 
  • Ann Samuel

    Ann is an Educational Consultant, she has 20 years’ advisory experience. Previously she worked as the Strategic Lead for Welsh in Central South Consortium, with a key responsibility for Welsh and Welsh second language across the five LEAs within the Consortium- Cardiff, RCT, Vale of Glamorgan, Merthyr and Bridgend. This included all aspects of Central training, school to school support, commissioning and brokering support tailored to meet the individual needs of each school.

    During her career Ann has worked as a consultant for numerous educational establishments including WJEC, BBC Cymru,Tinopolis, Espresso Education one of the leading digital curriculum provider in the UK based in London, Tafol developing ‘Campau Cosmig’ Apps for Welsh Second language, CATS Cymru-Assessment agency linked to Bangor University and London University focusing on exemplifying the National Curriculum and included managing and delivering conferences throughout Wales. She has been invited on numerous monitoring panels by WG to develop new sector leading material and to run workshops to demonstrate leading edge practice within the Welsh Second language sector.
    Ann was invited by WG to become a member of the National Steering Group for Welsh Second Language Policy to address some of the issues faced by practitioners and learners in this field.
    Recently 2012-2016 Ann led a successful 4 year project for WG looking at strategies to develop the Welsh language across the curriculum.
    Ann strongly believes that Welsh is a living language and should be taught as such –her fun approach through language games, drama and song ensures that the enjoyable learning environment encourages all to further develop their skills in the Welsh language.
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