Meet the BigTalk Education team
For information about the BigTalk Education founder, please see our page about Lynnette Smith.
Deb graduated as a mature student from Lincoln University after working for 15 years within the banking & finance industry. She then worked as a Youth Worker helping to keep young people safe and has worked for BigTalk Education since 2011. Deb works across the country delivering age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education within schools and colleges, she is also a one-to one and SEND specialist with a wealth of experience. Deb has 2 grown up children at university.
Hazel has been part of the BigTalk team since 2016. Before this, Hazel worked for 15 years as a Teaching Assistant in Primary and Secondary schools working with children on the SEND register. She has been involved with the Local Authority Adoption Panel and as a mother and grandmother, Hazel is able to relate well with the Parents and Carers who come along to our Introductory sessions.
Tracey has been with BigTalk since 2016, prior to this she spent 12 years working with children and young people in the Education sector. With a focus on children with behavioural problems and SEND. Tracey is skilled in helping those children and young people that just need a little extra support, she does this through our one-to-one service to Schools, Local Authorities and families. Tracey is a mother and a grandmother.
After a career in manufacturing, where she worked her way up to Senior Management, Helen decided on a change of direction. She decided she wanted to follow her long held dream of working with children to help keep them safer in this changing world. Helen decided to take the plunge by retraining for her new role at BigTalk, her enthusiasm and love for the job shines through! Helen is a proud Mum to her grown up son.
Janet has had her own business for the last 13 years in canine hydrotherapy and rehabilitation. Alongside this she has tutored in an alternative education provision for 12 years, focusing on general life skills. Janet enjoys working with children and young adults and has a passion for educating children on growing up safe and well-being.
Having 30 years of experience as a Primary School Teacher, Headteacher and Executive Head, makes Deb a great asset to the BigTalk Team. Providing the highest standard of education for all children has always been central to her work.
Deb has two grown up daughters and two grandchildren. She enjoys supporting children and families.
Emma is the most recent addition to the BigTalk Team. She brings along over 20 years’ experience teaching in various state and dance schools.
Whilst teaching Emma attended a BigTalk presentation which she found to be interesting and sparked her enthusiasm to work in the field of RSE. Emma is passionate about educating children to keep them safe and is very pleased to have joined the Big Talk Team. Emma has 2 children growing up fast!
Operations Manager & Facilitator
Hayley is the Office and Operations Manager at BigTalk Education, organising the team, liaising with schools and delivering RSE. Having previously run her own business, Hayley loves working with the BigTalk Education team. With her extensive experience in this field she knows the difference that her work makes to the lives of children, young people and their families. Hayley has a son at Secondary School.
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Introduction to age appropriate RSE
Our guide to high quality, age appropriate Relationship & Sex Education for your child, helping you know what to expect from us.
BigTalk Education's Growing Up Safe Programme
Children want their parents to be the first people to talk to them about growing up, sex and relationships. Yet many parents say they lack confidence to answer their children's questions frankly, Schools are there to help, and BigTalk Education are here to support Schools and Teachers. Members of the BigTalk Team can come into School for a part or whole day, ensuring your children (and you as parents) are well educated to keep them safe, healthy and happy! Find out more >
BigTalk Education's RSE Lessons for Life
Our Programme in Secondary Schools uses a Youth Work approach to RSE delivery, participation, empowerment and inclusion are fundamental to its success. Our Team fosters a non-judgmental, relaxed, receptive atmosphere, which doesn’t shy away from sensitive issues.
Bodies, Babies & Bellybuttons
This book is a gentle introduction for children about their bodies and where they come from. A must have for all parents to help answer your children's questions in a simple, understandable and age appropriate way.