Niven Whatley

I am a Masters graduate in European Languages and an experienced Teacher and Leader in Education.

In my recent roles I have been a member of College Leadership Teams and have had college-wide responsibilities for Modern Languages, English as a Foreign Language, Independent Learning and Literacy.

I have previous career experience in Travel, Sales and with the Foreign Office and have also directed my own company for two years.

I am enthusiastic, organised, driven and personable and have many interests, including travel, languages, photography, writing and meeting new people.

I have worked in a number of roles all over the world, including in the UK, China, Hong Kong, Spain and Portugal.

Career Aim

To continue to use my language skills and international educational experience as an outstanding teacher, translator, leader and learner, within education and services, in tuition, resource creation, leadership and academic research positions which allow me the opportunity to contribute to my areas of passion and expertise (academia, communication, languages, culture and education).



PhD Researcher – Hispanic Studies – University of Birmingham

“Representations of marginalised immigrant females in postmillennial Spain”

Current part time employment – Secondary Modern Languages: (Total 3 months to date)

01/09/2017 – date (3 months to present)

The Ferrers School, Higham Ferrers, UK

Teacher of Modern Languages

  • Teacher of Spanish
  • Teacher of French
  • Form Tutor

08/2016 – 08/2017

All Saints Academy, Dunstable

Curriculum Leader for Modern Foreign Languages, Head of Working Party On Homework and Independent Learning.

  • Teaching Leadership Responsibility for Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Community Languages)
  • College-Wide Teaching for Learning Leadership Responsibility for innovation and improvement within self-regulated and independent learning and homework.
  • To lead, manage and develop language learning and provision for learners throughout college.
  • To ensure continuous improvement in attainment of all MFL students in college and all EAL learners in home language exams.
  • To increase uptake of languages in year 9, at GCSE and in 6th form
  • Form tutor for year 8 class
  • Line Manager for MFL
  • Member of School Middle Leadership team

09/2013 – 08/2016

Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College, Bedford

Head of Faculty for Modern Languages, Deputy Director of English and Communications and Coordinator of English as an Additional Language

  • Teaching Leadership Responsibility for Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, German, Community Languages)
  • College-Wide Teaching Leadership Responsibility for English as Additional Language and Community languages (28% of students are EAL)
  • Deputy Director of English and Communications Super Faculty
  • College-Wide responsibility for integrating lower literacy, SEND and EAL students onto Lexia literacy
  • To lead, manage and develop language learning and English provision for EAL learners throughout college.
  • To ensure continuous improvement in attainment of all MFL students in college and all EAL learners.
  • To increase uptake of languages in year 9, at GCSE and in 6th form
  • To represent literacy school-wide
  • Form tutor for vertical curriculum literacy needs
  • Mentor for Trainee teachers and Language Assistants
  • Line Manager for MFL and EAL staff
  • Academic mentor for year 11 students
  • Member of College Leadership Team and Curriculum Focus Group
  • Member of School Literacy team
  • Member of Inclusion SMG group to “Narrow the Gap”
  • Representative for school in Bedford Borough Learning Exchange
  • Representative for school in Kempston MFL meetings
  • Representative for school in University of Bedfordshire Academic Teaching Fellowship


Denbigh High School, Luton

Head of European Languages and 2nd in Modern Foreign Languages

  • Teaching Leadership Responsibility for Modern Foreign Languages (European Languages)
  • Teaching Leaders Fellow
  • College-Wide responsibility for promoting ICT and technology in teaching
  • Led Enrichment course in Mandarin for Gifted and Talented students
  • Form tutor for year 9, 10 and 11 pastoral groups
  • Mentor of PGCE Trainee and NQT


Challney High School For Boys and Challney High School for Girls, Luton


  • Teacher of French
  • Teacher of Spanish
  • Teacher of Vertical Inclusion Class for SEND and EAL
  • EAL Teaching Assistant for Urdu
  • Form Class Teacher


Thomas Cook Plc, Milton Keynes

World Travel Advisor and Sales Consultant

  • Specialist in long haul, cruise and tailor-made travel
  • Liaising with tour operators, external travel companies, ground agents and other industry members/bodies to provide best sales and customer service
  • Arranging travel insurance and credit card sales, with Anti Money Laundering and Insurance advisory qualifications


Hub and Spoke Connections Ltd., Milton Keynes

Company Director

  • Starting up and running my own business specialising in Online Networking, Connecting and Marketing – a tool for the International Study Abroad Industry
  • Designing and producing marketing materials and attending business visits, Study Travel events to meet potential new clients and to promote my services to the industry
  • Conducting continuous market research and analysis of the Study/ Work Travel Industry
  • Liaising with external business consultants


Hothouse Media, London

Media Sales Executive and Conference Organizer

  • Multilingual Media sales/ marketing for schools, colleges, universities in the International Travel/ Study/ Work industry
  • Liaison between international student recruitment agents and educational representatives from schools
  • Printing, publishing and distribution of 3 international magazines
  • Organization of global industry conferences and workshops


Diageo Plc, London

Telephone Account Manager

  • Business-to-Business FMCG Sales, Service and Marketing
  • Total Territory Management for my assigned client accounts


British Embassy, Beijing

Visa Officer

  • Visa and Immigration work for UK Government.
  • Set up new visa section in southwest China
  • Created China-wide training manuals for best practice
  • Devised new confidential correspondence system


Dell English, Beijing

Teacher of EFL

Centre-based EFL lessons and Business English teaching


Tapis Productions, Edinburgh

Bar and Restaurant Manager

  • Customer service management
  • Accounts auditing
  • Recruitment of staff


British Consulate-General, Hong Kong

Passport Issuing Officer

  • Production, quality assurance and distribution of BN (O) Passports to Hong Kong British Citizens
  • Immigration Entry Clearance Management
  • Worked as Rotational Team Leader of the section


Various self-employed contracts, UK and worldwide

Teacher of EFL and Languages

  • Private language teaching and tuition for individual child and adult clients


Kennedy Institute/ Robert Pocklington Languages/ Apple Idiomas, Murcia

Teacher of EFL and Languages

  • Centre-based EFL lessons and Business English teaching
  • Private language teaching and tuition for individual child and adult clients


2014 Academic Fellowship   The University of Bedfordshire

Associate Educational Fellowship Programme

2013 Professional Certification Teaching Leaders

Teaching Leaders On Demand

2011 Postgraduate Degree The University of Bedfordshire

Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Qualified Teacher Status (Chiltern Training Group)

2001 Masters Degree           The University of Edinburgh

MA Hons Spanish and Portuguese/ 2:1 Distinction in Spoken Spanish

  • Read courses in: translation; liaison interpreting; politics and history; oral and written comprehension; literature; linguistics; cinema; arts and culture; Scottish Ethnology
  • Developed writing, comprehension, presentation and communication skills
  • Acted as Class Representative, involving liaison between students and tutors

2000 Masters Degree            The University of Edinburgh

Work Placement Year  – Spain and Portugal

  • Commissioned to do translations for Spanish companies
  • Produced translations for governmental literature
  • Taught EFL and languages and invigilated school exams
  • Completed Honours assignments for MA Hons course

1989-1997           Fettes College                    Edinburgh


A Levels – Spanish (A), English (A), French (B)

Highers – English (A), Economics

AO Level  – French (A)

GCSE – 3 A*s, 7 As

Standard – English (1)


  • Native English
  • Fluent Spanish, Portuguese and French
  • European Level B1 German
  • Beginner’s level Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Conversational Dutch
  • GCSE Level Russian and Latin
  • Completed immersion courses in Portuguese, French, Mandarin, Dutch, German


Sport: I enjoy playing and watching football, cricket, golf, squash and swimming

Travel: I have lived, studied, holidayed and worked in Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and the Indian Ocean

Photography: I have a keen interest in amateur travel photography – completed Open University photography and post-editing introduction course

Reading: I enjoy reading all sorts of history, travel literature, current events, fiction and international literature

Social: I love meeting new people

Culinary: I am a keen cook and enjoy cooking new dishes for others to enjoy

Other Training

The Cambridge Wine Academy

The University of Bedfordshire

British Council/ NALDIC/ Bell

Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

Teaching Leaders

 DID Munich

AQA Examination Board

AQA Examination Board

Accent Français, Montpellier

E-Tower, Beijing

DELL English, Beijing

WSET Level 1

Academic Teaching Fellowship

EAL Nexus, East Anglia

EAL PSG and Training

Literacy Mentoring Training

Teaching Leaders on Demand

German as a Foreign Language

Examination Marker and Moderator

MFL Controlled Assessment Moderation

Intensive French Language

Chinese Speaking for Beginners

Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

100% Pass





Teaching Leaders

European Level B1




Year 1 Pass

TEFL Qualified