Nikki Turner

English Functional Skills Co-ordinator

Nikki Turner


Nicola has been involved in health care and teaching all her working life. Her career began as a student nurse at university. She then took up a position as a dental nurse, where she completed her training and became an oral health educator.

A move into education followed, as Nicola began teaching the dental nurse qualification and Key Skills. Her next step was to complete a PGCE in primary teaching, which allowed her to work as a primary school teacher.

Nicola eventually returned to further education, initially to support students with English and maths. She has since progressed to teaching on a range of health and childcare programmes.

Expert In...

My subject strengths are safeguarding, health and safety, and planning activities for children.

Qualifications and Accolades

• PGCE Primary with QTS
• BA (Hons) English Language, Literature and Writing
• Foundation Degree Communication at Work
• V1 Internal Verifier Award
• D32/33 Assessor Award
• Certificate in Education
• BTEC in Oral Health Promotion
• Dental Nurse Certificate
• First Aid at Work Certificate

Industry Background

• primary school teacher
• support tutor
• teaching assistant
• dental tutor and assessor
• oral health educator
• dental nurse
• nurse
• care assistant
• independent inspector of council-run children’s homes
• member of the children’s panel at Blackpool Council

Professional Activities

I am a member of the School Appeal Panel at Blackpool Council.

Why B&FC?

I am a former student of Blackpool and The Fylde College and wanted to work in what I knew to be a progressive learning environment.


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