Tom teaches across the Centre’s professional development programmes, including the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, the Centre’s CPD programme 'Unpacking the Holocaust' and twilight sessions for schools.
Tom started at the Centre in September 2015 following a varied career in education. He has over 20 years’ experience in secondary school teaching, mainly in Sussex, and just before joining the Centre was Director of Learning in an 11-18 comprehensive school in West Sussex. Additionally, he has worked closely with the University of Sussex on their ITE programme, to which he was recently seconded as an Associate Fellow in History ITE. He has also taught abroad, both in Zimbabwe as a VSO volunteer, and in Brazil, where he helped set up a new school.
His expertise, particularly relating to the teaching of the Holocaust, has developed through his work as a member of a variety of network groups, most notably with the IWM’s “Their Past Your Future” programme. He has also been part of an ESRC-funded Sussex Scholar scheme run with the National Archives, and an AHRC-funded group investigating notions of “Memory, Myth and Empathy” in which he delivered a workshop entitled “A Trail of Three Cities: Bristol, Liverpool and London,” examining the value of historical walking trails as sites of learning.