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Sue Ganley

BA, PGCE, DMS, DipM

Subject: Business Studies

Business is a fascinating and relevant subject with strong links to society and to other subjects in the curriculum such as Economics. I have over 25 years’ experience of teaching Business in secondary schools from GCSE to A Level. As a result, I’ve been able to inspire many of my students to follow a business career.

My own career has embraced both teaching and retailing. I studied Geography at Exeter University, followed by a teaching qualification. But after two years of teaching Geography, I decided I wanted more life experience and to change my career and focus on retailing.

I worked my way from sales assistant in a department store, to supervisor at Marks and Spencer and then manager of two Body Shops in Croydon, where my turnover was £1.4 million. This allowed me to experience work within private and public sector organisations and franchise operations.

Finally, I worked for Eurotunnel as the retail manager and buyer during the building of the Channel Tunnel. From a business perspective, this allowed me to develop my skills as a retailer and be part of the development of a significant infrastructure project linking Great Britain to France.

While at Eurotunnel, I studied for and passed a Diploma in Management Studies and an Institute of Marketing Diploma with distinction. This enabled me to return to teaching and to teach Business.

As a result I’ve been able to use my experience to make my Business lessons more relevant and interesting. My particular expertise was in teaching A Level Business, and my students’ results were always some of the best in the school. Many of my students have moved on to university to study business related subjects or started work with a good grounding in business theory and practice.

In my spare time I’m a qualified Ballroom and Latin American dancing teacher and I teach classes in the local community. Dance is a great way to keep fit and to meet new people, and I enjoy providing a relaxed environment where people can have fun and learn a new skill. I also enjoy travelling to France as I’m lucky enough to live close to the Eurotunnel terminal and can arrive in Calais within 35 minutes!

I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your full potential in this exciting subject.

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