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Gerard Ward

MSc, PGCE

Subject: Law

I have taught Law on A Level, Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programmes at Aylesbury, Reading and Ruskin Colleges. I have the relevant professional qualification for teaching at post-16 level, which has enabled me to teach both young people and adults. I enjoy teaching Law and gain great satisfaction in helping students to reach their goals.

In addition to the core Law subjects for A Level, my subject knowledge includes; Human Rights Law; Employment Law; Equality Law and Law, Rights and the Body. My master’s degree dissertation topic was on the impact of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

Prior to this extended period teaching Law, and in the first part of my working life, I worked as a specialist caseworker in housing and welfare law for advice agencies and for a law firm. I was the Principal Housing Adviser at Oxford Housing Rights Centre. I have a wealth of experience of giving legal advice and have represented numerous clients with legal problems at court. This knowledge and expertise has been particularly helpful when teaching Law. I am firmly committed to social justice and tackling issues such as maintaining a legal aid scheme which enables all people to access the justice system.

Outside my working life, I have been an active member of two amateur-dramatic groups in Oxfordshire; this included taking a production to the Edinburgh Festival. I have lived in Oxford for many years, and my hobbies include theatre, walking and reading as well as watching sport (football, rugby and cricket). I am a member of a Movie Club with family members, and regularly one of us chooses a movie to watch at the cinema or via home cinema screenings.

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