In 2022, The Progress Group welcomed a new shining star into its ranks, Jasmine Mulligan. Jasmine joined the organisation as Curriculum Manager, a role that saw her lead curriculum development across The Progress Group.
Before joining The Progress Group, Jasmine spent 10 years working in mainstream education. After completing her English Literature degree, she began working with charitable organisations that supported young people with their English skills through creative writing. Her work with those organisations paved the way for her career in teaching. “Before starting with TPG, I was working as Head of English and Professional Tutor – which meant I was looking after the training of teachers, new starters, and early career teachers (ECTs) in my school. During this time, I developed a deep interest in pedagogy, designed to support the most vulnerable learners,” Jasmine said.
In such a short space of time, Jasmine has had a huge impact across the Group. Her previous experience, thirst to develop, and ambitious mindset have been recognised by senior colleagues, including The Progress Group CEO, Jayne Worthington. Jasmine expressed that she always had an interest in Alternative Provision as a sector and admitted this element attracted her to TPG. She said: “I was teaching in a school where the number of students with SEND needs was extremely high, and the pupil premium proportion was even higher.
“Several of my students had moved onto Alternative Provisions and I had working relationships with the staff in those provisions – I was really interested in the sector.
“The idea of working across a whole organisation and the ability to support vulnerable young people all over the country was a real appeal for me.”
For Jasmine, the most exciting part of the role at TPG was the chance to develop an online learning platform designed to bring education to those who otherwise would not have access. Coming into the organisation, Jasmine was keen to immerse herself in the ‘business aspect’ of the Group. She was confident that her wealth of experience in teaching would be a truly valuable addition to the team makeup. Given her previous experience, it’s no surprise that Jasmine understands the importance of education and training. She said: “For me, education offers all children the chance to see that they have choices in their life, beyond those they may have been previously exposed to.
“I am a passionate believer in teaching young people to advocate for themselves and others around them so they enter the world with an understanding of the service they can provide to those they interact with.
“I hope that every student we work with realises their worth and talents and finds a way to channel that into our society.”
When asked how she would sum up her time at The Progress Group so far, Jasmine said: “The Progress Group is a place full of energy and so far, every day has been an adventure.”
Reflecting on her role so far, Jasmine admitted that her favourite part of the job was interacting with staff and students.
“The young people I have met have been full of energy, talent, and humour, and I feel very blessed to have been welcomed into classrooms by so many of them in such a short space of time.
“A real passion of mine is working collaboratively with others to discuss learning and teaching practices and understand how we can improve them. My role has allowed me to explore and learn more about teaching than I could have ever imagined. I have had some really passionate values and research-driven conversations with colleagues across the organisation.”
Jasmine wants to see her role evolve in the coming months and years.
“My ambition for the future is that I can work with staff to build their confidence in, and hunger for, teaching and learning creatively in a way that continually improves education. I’m a great believer in the organisational power of ‘lifting-up’ staff so they can be their best selves. So, I hope to be a part of that in some way – however big or small!” Jasmine said.