Jemma Findley - Educator Profile

Biography
Hi, I'm Jemma Findley, the education network coordinator.  I'm not a permaculture teacher, but I work on the reach of permaculture education. 
 
I support and facilitate the educator's network and help it reach its full potential. 
 
My background is in psychology and communication, and I have particular interests in communicating and facilitating change. I feel quite passionately about widening the reach of permaculture, especially into childrens education and through considering accessiblity. I think this can be achieved by getting permaculture into mainstream education and its practices used by all communities groups, and I aim to support this to happen. 
 

To contact me email: education@permaculture.org.uk

 

Qualifications and skills
Qualifications: 

Permaculture Teacher Training

Permaculture Diploma (Ongoing)

RHS Level 2 Horticulture (Ness Botanic Gardens - ongoing) 

Psychological First Aid - John Hopkins University via FutureLearn 

Soil - University of Lancaster via FutureLearn 

Our Hungry Planet - Food Security - University of Reading Via FutureLearn

Permaculture Design Course (2015 -Sector39)

Nutrition Diploma  - Shaw Academy 

AATL 1 year intensive Management Course - City Care Partnership

Change Management 

Talking About Communication 

QCF (NVQ) Level 3 Learning Disabilities Pathway 

British Sign Language Level 1&2 

Bsc (hons) Psychology Degree - Leeds Becket University :

  • Educational Psychology; The scientific study of human learning, from both cognitive and behavioural perspectives providing an understanding of individual differences in intelligence, cognitive development, affect, motivation, self regulation and self concept, as well as their role in learning. 
  • Developmental psychology; A wide range of theoretical areas, such as biological, social, emotional and cogitive processes.
  • Occupational Psychology; Management and behaviour in the workplace
  • Behavioural Psychology; Change management, stress responces & communication skills
  • Counselling psychology; Active listening and understanding effective communication 
  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills ; Research skills, analysis and project writeup -12,000 word dissertation.  


Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

My psychology degree provided research and training in educational psychology as well as other key areas (communication, research, occupational psychology, stress management etc) very relevant to permaculture education.

My learning was supported by research and implementation of qualitative and quantitative studies - good experience for evaluating current systems. This has been helpful for my work in permaculture when focusing on implementing change. 

Psychology is a critical scientific approach, and provides a good basis for evaluating, simplifying and therefore better communicating to a wide audience. 

With educational psychology as the seed to my future learning, I undertook several years of teaching & supporting those with complex needs. This provided me with a solid base for teaching for various learning styles and communicating with a diverse group.

After University I worked for many years assisting the teaching of City and Guild Skills for Life to adults with additional needs including learning disabilties and mental health conditions.

I completed a NVQ diploma and BSL level 2 and supported staff members through their NVQ pathways.

Later I completed thorough management training (change management, communication, behaviour change) and managed complex care facilties and their corresponding budgets, engaged the local community, ran events and empowered my service users. 

As a manager and fundraiser I successfully worked on the European LEADER One School One Planet project in Llanfyllin, where I funded £68,000 for a pilot study getting permaculture into a high school in North Wales.

I also supported and part wrote the funding application to develop a permaculture academy in Uganda with Sector39. 

I am experienced in managing complex projects and budgets, as well as providing facilitation and management to various and often large scale projects. I use this valuable experience to support my work in permaculture and to strengthen the education network further. 

I recently completed the Train the Teacher (ToT) residential training, to help me better understand the challenges faced by our teaching network. 



Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

My role is to improve access and quality of permaculture education and to work on behalf of our members to grow, animate and cohere the permaculture education network. 

I do this by facilitating certification, working with the education working group and by managing the educators' membership and portal- which if you haven't been in, is a resource for educators, supporting them to network, share resources and improve the quality of their education. It also provides support for education marketing and their learning more generally. 

Teaching Information

Please contact me for details.

Contact: 
education@permaculture.org.uk