Professional Biography of Mr Oseloka Izuora

Mr Oseloka Izuora has an Extended Degree in Science and Computing from the University of East London, a BSc (Hons) in Engineering Product Design from the University of East London, a Teaching Degree from the Institute of Education, University of London, a Master’s in Education from Middlesex University and is currently completing PhD Research at the University of Derby.

He is a member of the Chartered Society of Designers (MCSD) UK, a member of the Institution of Engineering Designers(MIED) UK, a member of the Chartered College of Teaching UK and a member of the National Union of Teachers England.

His career in education started at Duke’s Aldridge Academy, teaching Design & Technology at Key Stage 3; and Resistant Material, Graphic Product, Product Design and Engineering atKey Stage 4. Duke’s Aldridge Academy, formerly known as Northumberland Park Community School, is a co-educational secondary school located in the Northumberland Park ward of Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey, United Kingdom. The school offers GCSEs and BTEC’s as programmes of study for students.

Mr Osy Izuora led as a Consultant Executive Headteacher in a British Council School in Nigeria from September 2018 to September 2019 and he has also worked as a consultant to various institutions and organisations. He has worked in partnership with a network of collaborators and practitioners in different disciplines on various projects, which include: Arc Software Consultancy, British Council, True Volunteer Foundation, EDEXCEL, Cambridge International Examinations, RDI, Damilola Taylor Trust, Mayor’s Office, Haringey Local Authority, National Apprenticeship Service UK and Robert Levy Foundation.

During his time at Duke’s Aldridge Academy (2000 -2012), he led as the Key Stage 3 Design & Technology Coordinator. He developed schemes of work for Design & Technology, monitoring their effective application, assessment and evaluation and disseminating best practice within the Technology Department.

He was also an Engineering Design Lecturer within the Automotive Engineering Department at Waltham Forest College, London from September 2004 to July 2012. Waltham Forest College is a further education college in Walthamstow, London, England. It is a medium-sized institution with1,26o young learners on full-time study programmes, 2,450 mostly part-time adult learners and smaller numbers on apprenticeships

In 2008 he worked in partnership with the British Council Youth in Action initiative. Youth in Action is the European Union’s mobility programme which promotes active European citizenship, youth participation, cultural diversity and the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities. He organised a two-week exchange programme to Italy for a group of 20 Engineering students from inner-London schools. The exchange programme included classroom sessions as well as visits to cultural sights in Venice and Bologna. The students were able to visit the Lamborghini Factory and Museum, which was a memorable experience for the students. Subsequently, he and his Engineering students hosted their Italian counterparts in 2009 in London.

As the Achievement Coordinator at Duke’s Aldridge Academy (2003-2012), he led a team of form tutors on daily staff duty. He was proactive in promoting positive student behaviour around the school and promoting teaching and learning.

From 2012 to 2017, he was a tutor and a standards verifier with VOYAGE – Voice Of Youth And Genuine Empowerment – established by the Black Police Association in 1998, in response to the McPherson Report, which followed the murder of Stephen Lawrence. VOYAGE is a social justice charity that aims to empower marginalised black young people and provide them with the self-awareness and motivation to transform themselves and their communities.

As a design engineer, Mr Osy Izuora founded a freelance design company, the Red Apple DesignCompany, in 2014. Red Apple design company specialises in CARGOTECTURE: designing and manufacturing units using shipping container architecture. His clients include Transport for London, Market Drayton Council, Ealing Council and Mobile Box.

In 2019, Osy Izuora founded the Fullstack IT Solutions where he leads a team of developers. Fullstack IT Solution is an IT company that deals with Mobile Application Development, Web Development, Blockchain Development, E-Commerce Solutions, Digital Marketing Solutions and MicrosoftTechnologies.

In April 2011, he founded the Mentoring Academy, with a conference entitled ‘The need of positive role-models in tackling the youth crisis’ at the University of East London, with various teachers and headteachers from London schools in attendance. The Mentoring Academy was developed to raise the standard of mentoring by providing formal qualifications and training to mentors, and the curriculum and enduring infrastructure to support young people.

In late September 2012, Osy Izuora became part of the advisory group of the 1000 Black Boys Initiative by the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. 1000 Black Boys is a project committed to inspiring and transforming the lives of young black men and boys aged 10 -25 years old.

As the ICT Coordinator in the Technology Department, Mr Osy Izuora coordinated the introduction of ICT in the technology curriculum, devised ICT schemes of work for the technology department, developed training for other members of staff within the department and kept staff up to date with the latest technology, enabling them to impart the latest knowledge to students.

As the Engineering Specialist Diploma Coordinator in 2010 – 2012 , he led the introduction of the Specialist Engineering Diploma in Haringey Local Education Authority. Working with local schools, FE Institution and other stake holders, he successfully networked and sourced local stakeholders to join the14-19 Haringey Partnership. He organised and led planning meetings with local stakeholders and FE Institutions and organised recruitment activities and road shows.

In partnership with the British Council in April 2011, Mr Osy Izuora developed and hosted the Youth Mentoring Policy into Action Conference: ‘Rethinking the future of youth mentoring’, which was held at the Department for Communities and Local Government in London. Speakers included David Lammy MP, who was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham in June 2000 and served for nine years, from 2001, as a minister in the last Labour government and Baroness Helen Newlove of Warrington, who was appointed Champion for Active Safer Communities by the Prime Minister in October 2010.

As the Aim Higher Coordinator, he led the Information, Advice and Guidance Department (IAG) and the Aim-Higher Government Initiative at Duke’s Aldridge Academy. The initiative was aimed at widening participation in UK higher education, particularly among students from non traditional backgrounds and minority groups. He also evaluated the impact of the initiative.

In 2016, after a nine-week trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of 17 year old Myron Yarde, 5 defendants were finally convicted. A number of young witnesses were reluctant to attend court. In order to overcome this, the homicide investigation team sought advice from Mr Osy Izuora, who built up trust over several months with the young witness. Detective Chief Inspector Reeves, Homicide & Major Crime Command stated it is no overstatement to say that the entire prosecution would not have been successful without the intensive effort and highly professional support provided by Mr Izuora, she then went on to say that he was a credit to the profession.

In 2017, Mr Osy Izuora developed a community project curriculum for the Homicide & Major Crime Command of the Metropolitan Police, to tackle knife crime among young people in London.

During his time at Abbey Manor College from 2012 to 2018, Mr Osy Izuora’s role was mentoring and supporting newly qualified and experienced teachers through Teacher Training CPD. Abbey Manor College is a specialist provision for 11-19 year olds who do not conform to conventional education. The College offers constructive learning based on National Curriculum subjects at KeyStage 3 (ages 11-13) and vocational programmes at Key Stages 4 and 5 (ages 14-19).

As the Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum Manager for English and Mathematics, he led the introduction of the Cambridge IGCSE at Abbey Manor College in 2016, leading the English and Mathematics department. He was also the Subject Leader for Information, Communication and Technology at Abbey Manor College.

From 2012 – 2018 he was an Edexcel BTEC National Standards Verifier, verifying centre assessment decisions through the scrutiny of assignments and samples of learner work for our Vocational Qualifications, namely: BTEC QCF, BTEC Next Generation, BTEC Higher Nationals and NVQ/Apprenticeship.

Mr Osy Izuora has developed and delivered continued professional development programmes to teachers in England, Wales and West Africa. His CPD programmes include; Safeguarding – Child Protection Policy and Procedure, Literacy Across the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OFSTED Ready, Hospitality Management, Customer Care, Data Protection, Sexual Exploitation, Behaviour Management, Differentiation, Adolescent Mental Health, Working with Youth Offenders and Behaviour management etc.

Osy Izuora in partnership with Arc-Software UK Ltd, developed the Mentoring Academy Online System and the 14-19 Haringey Partnership Online System. Both systems allows for online learning, online dashboards to track progression and real-time views of progress, e-portfolio: online submission and management, personal development plan PDP, dashboards to enable, the view of a learner’s progression is accessible to parents and guardians, remote assessment can take place , reminders and notifications can be sent and received, management reports can be run e.g. diversity figures, age, SEN information, date of birth and other personal information.

Mr Izuora is a Special Educational Needs Teacher (SEN). He has professional experience working with children and young people who need extra support, or require an advanced programme of learning, in order to reach their full educational potential. He has worked with individuals who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments, speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, conditions such as autism, social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these difficulties.

He was the examinations officer at Abbey Manor College from 2013 to 2018, he played a pivotal role in the management and conducting of examinations. He liaisied with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including students, parents, Heads of Departments, Heads of Years, teachers, reception staff, site staff, IT staff and examination awarding organisations. He developed training for new invigilators and updated existing invigilators on rules and regulation changes on an annual basis, managing the examination entry process and supporting the process relating to access arrangements.

During his consultancy work with the University of Nigeria Nsukka in January 2018, Mr Osy Izuora developed a careers proposal for undergraduate and post graduate students for the then Vice-Chancellor Professor Ozumba. The career service proposal aims at building strategic relationships and links with a range of organisations providing appropriate opportunities for undergraduates and graduates. It proposal aimed at developing and maintaining collaborative links with employers.

Mr Osy Izuora is a trained Restorative Justice Facilitator. He takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm in the school setting. A report published by the Department for Education gave whole-school restorative approaches the highest rating of effectiveness at preventing bullying, with a survey of schools showing 97% rated restorative approaches as effective. It can also alleviate problems such as classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes between pupils, their families, and members of staff.

He was the Fire Warden at Abbey Manor College from 2015 to 2018, and carried out regular risk assessments ensuring that risks are identified, with fire safety measures and precautions put in place.He maintained regular fire drills, for staff and students.

Mr Osy Izuora is currently working independently with a team of educators, developing and delivering CPD in England, Wales and West Africa. He is Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) cleared.