Helene Ansell has been involved in education for some 30 years. She began her career as a secondary school PE, History and Special Needs teacher with a particular interest in learning difficulties such as dyslexia, which remains a special interest today.
While taking time out to have her children she also travelled and lived in many different countries, during which time she gained her psychology degree, a master's in education and an advanced diploma in child development.
From 1997 to 2016 Helene taught A Level Psychology in a large sixth form centre in Staffordshire. She quickly became Head of Department, with responsibility for training Associate Teachers and NQT’s, and was appointed a member of the Senior Management Team in 2008 with specific responsibility for developing teaching and learning across the sixth form with specific responsibility for the health and well-being of students and staff alike.
Until recently she was a team leader associate examiner for AQA Psychology A Level but remains a moderator on their EPQ qualification.
Helene is passionate about psychology and psychological education, and has actively lobbied the government for recognition of psychology at schools level to be fully recognised as a Science/STEM subject. She has also strived to forge a better understanding of the true value of our subject to the work place.
Until recently (2018) Helene was Chair for the Association of Teachers of Psychology and remains on the committee at Officer level as Past Chair. She sits on the BPS sub committee, SCoPTE (Standing committee on Pre-Tertiary Education) and is delighted to be a part of the Education and Training Board.
Helene took early retirement in June 2016, quickly followed by a move to Cornwall, moving to Cargreen in February 2018. However, she is still actively involved in The ATP and SCoPTE, as well as education in general as the newly appointed governor of her local primary school.