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The team at RSPCA education

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David Allen (BA, PGCE, MCIPD)
Head of Education

"I came to the RSPCA after teaching in the UK & abroad. Working for an organisation whose aim is to prevent cruelty & promote kindness to animals has to make mine one of the best jobs in the country. People use labels like dangerous dogs but in reality there are no problem animals, just problem people & with animal welfare education we help them find empathy, compassion & understanding."

Rebecca Dunning RSPCA Education Rebecca Dunning (B.Sc, PGCE)
Education Training Development Advisor
"Animal welfare is largely to do with human understanding of the animals needs. Being a secondary school teacher myself, I feel strongly that education is the way forward to help young people recognise empathy and make a difference. All human beings should promote kindness and prevent cruelty in their everyday lives and working for such an inspiring and worthy charity has allowed me to become part of reducing this risk and making a difference."
Claire Blakey RSPCA Education Team Claire Blakey (BSc.Hons, MA)
"I spent 15 years working within the Criminal Justice System and recognise the importance of education as part of rehabilitation. Working for the RSPCA has given me the opportunity to improve the welfare of animals by supporting people to better understand the needs of animals and how to care for them."
 Image of Caroline Francoli with her pet siberian husky
Caroline Francoli (BEd.Hons)

"Having been a Primary School Teacher for over 20 years, I have seen first hand the positive impact of animal welfare education upon young people. I feel it is imperative that we educate future generations to have empathy with animals and in turn, develop a more compassionate society. Working with the RSPCA is a tremendous privilege and I endeavour 'to promote kindness and prevent cruelty', through encouraging children to develop positive attitudes towards all animals."
 Andrew Pearson Volunteer Speaker Scheme Facilitator Andrew Pearson
Volunteer Speaker Scheme Facilitator
Andrew is responsible for the day to day operation of the scheme. Alongside the role of recruiting and training volunteers, he also leads on the development of the scheme, highlighting new areas that the scheme should branch into and working with colleagues across the society to ensure that we have the appropriate information. 
 Charlie Chan RSPCA Education Team Charlie Chan (BA.Hons, MA)
Community Engagement Manager - Birmingham
"As a professional youth and community work practitioner, I have worked with children and young people in a variety of settings over the past ten years. My passion is making the most of the resources we have around us to provide engaging and authentic learning experiences.  I particularly enjoy developing bespoke formal and informal educational programmes and activities. I came to the RSPCA to utilise these skills to deliver the key messages of animal welfare. I was surprised to learn that the majority of cruelty inflicted on animals is due to lack of education, rather than deliberate harm. I hope to be part of educating future generations about the importance of animal welfare, to reduce any type of cruelty experienced by our animal friends."


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