Pupil Aspire co-creator Dr Jagdish Barn talks career changes, Motown and Ian McEwan.
Where/what did you study and what are your qualifications?
I initially trained as a primary school teacher in Sheffield before completing my masters in educational psychology at Sheffield University and then my doctorate at Cardiff University.
Tell us about your professional experience.
I worked for various local authorities before setting up my practice in 2006. Now I work with a fantastic team who deliver psychological services into schools.
What are your current projects?
The team and I are very excited about Pearson's forthcoming launch of our software tool Pupil Aspire. It has been produced in collaboration with schools and allows professionals not only to use a structured conversation to capture the pupil and family voice but also provides provision mapping capabilities and much more! A lot of people put an awful lot of effort into getting it right so I hope it meets expectations - fingers crossed!
Who have you worked with?
Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many inspirational individuals, not only fellow psychologists but also other professionals, parent/carers and most of all children and young people.
What inspired you to get into this field?
During my first teaching post the educational psychologist visited my class and I was completely jealous of her role. I decided then and there to change my career and have never looked back. I love my job - it can be very challenging but is always rewarding and it suits my personality down to the ground.
If you werent an expert in your field, what would you be?
The whimsical in me says a writer but I know I wouldn't be able to sit still for long enough and the solitude would get to me. I would probably do something similar to what I do now involving a lot of face to face communication with people.
What do you do away from work?
I have two young children so a lot of my 'free' time at present is doing mummy stuff. However, always find time for swimming and power walking. I also enjoy reading and cooking (especially if it involves a glass of wine in hand).
What's your favourite book, and why?
I don't really have a favourite book as such but really enjoy reading certain authors such as Ian McEwan - currently waiting with baited breath for the release of his latest, Nutshell, and will devour it in a weekend.
What's your favourite album, and why?
I have always had quite an eclectic taste in music and so do not have an album that I would say defines a moment in time. I don't think you can go wrong with Motown and Jazz, I also love opera. These days I use Google Play to discover different bands through recommended playlists.
Who's your favourite musician/composer/singer, and why?
Listening to Ella Fitzgerald or Maria Callas always relaxes me, such beautiful vocals.
Whom do you most admire, and why?
People who work tirelessly and passionately, very often giving up a personal life, in order to make this world a better place for those less fortunate.
Date Added: September 1, 2016