Elizabeth Tordoff - Curriculum Leader of Modern Foreign Languages
Elizabeth gained the PGCE qualification in 2010 from The University of York, and was nominated to be, 'Course Leader' during this time. Elizabeth has an extensive career history and progressed successfully in two different sectors prior to teaching, illustrating adaptability and resilience -- traits she instills in her pupils. She had worked as a Compliance Consultant in the Financial Sector and supported Financial Advisers interpret and implement regulatory advice to their practice, travelling around to deliver round table seminars to clients and holds qualifications in Finance. She also worked in the Hospitality sector for a number of years prior to this, and after enjoying working in a hotel in the South of France and whilst on placement at University, she extended her stay to continue working there as she enjoyed it so much! Initially her desire was to be an air hostess and travel, however her dreams were dashed when she found out she fell short of the minimum height requirement. Elizabeth developed a love of languages whilst at School and also was inspired by the native tongues of her grandparents who came from Austria and Poland, and whom learnt English to live and work here - this contributed to a heightened interest in other cultures.
Elizabeth has worked in Bradford for the last 8 years and quickly progressed within her school, gaining the pastoral role of Assistant Director of Sixth Form shortly after qualifying as an NQT. She undertook this role for a year, prior to gaining the Head of Department role for MFL. Within this role she managed change effectively, by introducing Spanish the main language which resulted in; improved engagement, increased numbers taking the subject for GCSE, and a dramatic improvement in results. She has mentored NQT's and linked with primary schools, in particular training students to be, 'mini - teachers,' and delivering lessons and assemblies in Spanish and teaching about the culture. Furthermore, she has successfully led trips to Spain and France. In addition, she gained experience recently teaching pupils with behavioural and emotional needs in a school internal PRU where she foraged effective relationships, by delivering lessons on 'emotional literacy', with a focus on developing self- esteem and a positive mental attitude, which she found very rewarding. Her motivation is to help pupils aim high, believe in themselves and realise their ambitions, regardless of barriers.
Outside of School, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, being in the 'great outdoors', reading, swimming, travelling and has recently developed a penchant for upcycling furniture.