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Ahmad Achtar

Dr. Ahmad Achtar is a highly qualified Mathematics Teacher who has completed a BSc in Physics (Aleppo), an MA, PhD (London), PGCE (Surrey) and a Graduate Diploma in Mathematics (King's College London). 

He teaches A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Dr. Ahmad Achtar also teaches an enrichment programme on Spacetime Physics: Relativity, Black Holes and the Big Bang.

Cerys Bradley

Cerys has a BSc in Maths from KCL and a PhD in Information Security from UCL. Cerys wrote their PhD dissertation on Dark Web Drug Markets and used Crime Science, Computer Science, Mathematics and Sociology to investigate the way that these websites and their users responded to different types of law enforcement interventions.

During their PhD, Cerys completed an internship at the Home Office working in the Cybersecurity Research Department.

After graduating Cerys worked with an LGBTQ+ Hate Crime charity to investigate the impact of transphobia on those who experience it. 

Cerys studied a PGCE at the IOE and conducted a research project on the use of mark schemes as a teaching tool. 

Cerys has over a decade of debate coaching experience and is interested in oracy-focused maths learning. 

Clare Laine

Clare joined CANDI in 2019 and is currently the Head of A Level Business. She has a BA (Hons) in Business Management and an M Ed in Education. Clare has been teaching for 18 years and the main focus of her career has been working with 16-18 students, who are transitioning from KS4 and preparing for higher education or employment. She has predominantly taught A Level Business throughout her teaching career and is an experienced examiner for two exam boards.

Prior to teaching, Clare worked in accounting for a well-known manufacturing company where she gained valuable industry experience. She enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs to help them realize their ambitions.

Dominic Eady

Dominic joined City and Islington College in September 2019; he completed his Bachelors Degree in English Literature at King's College in 1996 and his Masters Degree in English- specialising in literary Biography - in 1998. On completing his studies, Dominic trained as an English teacher and has taught across all three English A Level subjects as well as other subjects, such as Classical Civilisation and Media Studies. He has over 20 years of experience in post-16 education, working in both Sixth Form and Further Education Colleges, and has wide experience as head of department before taking up his current role.

Edward Curran

Edward has taught Computer Science and IT at City and Islington College since 2008 and has taught A Level Computer Science at the Sixth Form Centre since 2017.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Ed spent 19 years as a Programmer and Software Engineer, working for Marconi, Logica and Reuters.

Ed has a BA (Hons) in Classical Literature, History and Philosophy and an MPhil in Ancient Greek History, both from the University of Oxford.

After studying for a PGCE, he spent 5 years teaching in secondary school. He especially enjoys helping learners develop as programmers and supporting their project work in the second year of the course.

Jenny Richards

Jen has been teaching biology for eight years and a member of the CANDI teaching staff for two. They studied exercise science with a focus on neuroscience and biomechanics in Australia which led to three years as an exercise practitioner working with patients who had experienced neurological disorders. Upon completing their teacher training in Melbourne, Australia, Jen moved to London six years ago. 

Jen is deeply passionate about sharing a love of learning with every student, working to create an inclusive and welcoming classroom in which students enjoy being. 

Pascale Hazel

Pascale joined City and Islington College as a teacher in Charge of Chemistry in August 2021. Pascale studied at Imperial College, London, where she completed a Masters in Chemistry and an MRes in Biomedical Sciences. Pascale then obtained a PhD from the UCL School of Pharmacy, researching the structure of DNA found in chromosomes.

On completing her studies, Pascale worked in cancer research in both Switzerland and at Imperial College. She has co-authored several papers on the development of anti-cancer drugs and published protein crystal structures on the Protein Data Bank.

After a career change to become a teacher, Pascale’s interests have focussed on making chemistry engaging for young people through a combination of developing practical work and real-life examples.

Ricky Kingshott

Ricky joined City and Islington College in August 2023. He has over ten years' experience working in secondary schools and sixth forms. He completed his Bachelor's degree in English and American Literature at the University of Kent in 2010. He has specialised in teaching English A levels for the past six years, and he has also taught A levels in Media Studies and Film Studies. In addition to teaching, he has contributed educational articles to the English and Media Centre's MediaMagazine, and he has five years' experience as an English A level examiner for OCR. 

Sajib Al Rashid

Sajib joined City and Islington College in August 2016 as an A Level Physics and Electronics Teacher and is currently the Head of Physics.

Since joining the College Sajib has helped to develop a curriculum that focuses on developing student's analytical and problem-solving skills through practical activities giving them the confidence to reach their goals in the subject.

Before joining CANDI, Sajib taught in a secondary school focussing on GCSE and A Level Physics. Before working in schools Sajib worked for 3 years at the MHRA for a team responsible for licensing new medicines in the UK.

Sajib has an MSci in Physics from the Imperial College London, a PGCE in Physics and Maths at UCL Institute of Education Associate Member and a teaching scholarship from the Institute of Physics.

Sajib is also a qualified FA coach and has been coaching a youth football team in North London for 4 years.

samantha Hughes

Sam is an A Level specialist teacher who is in charge of Biology at CANDI. She has a degree in Biology and Psychology from Newcastle University and a Masters in Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh. Sam has worked in A Level teacher since 2011 and she has a passion for helping students understand Biology in a wider context. Sam particularly likes genetics and ecology as part of Biology and understanding how these areas interact.

As part of a team of teachers, Sam has published articles on teaching in different research journals and has delivered seminars at several different conferences.

Silvia Enriquez

Silvia, born in La Rioja, Spain, has 18 years of experience teaching Spanish in London, both in the public and private sectors. Specialising as a teacher of A Level Spanish, she is currently working as the Spanish Subject Lead, overseeing the curriculum.

Silvia is a DELE examiner by Instituto Cervantes and examines for AQA's Speaking component. She holds a BA Honours in Modern Foreign Languages and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages. Silvia is passionate about sharing her love for languages and fostering excellence in language education, with a particular emphasis on Hispanic culture.

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