It would be easy to say, 'You won't have met anyone like Jaz before'. Her passion for the work that teachers do, for the potential teachers have to change lives, for the power that education has to rescue children from even the most terrible of backgrounds, her willingness to put herself out there and see what happens, it all adds up to make Jaz one of those people who you know you will never forget.
Yet you will have met someone like Jaz before, but perhaps you never noticed.
Jaz's story is one of growing up in the midst of most appalling abuse, poverty and hardship. From primary school through to university, education was her only hope yet, of all the educational professionals she encountered, there were only five who made her life bearable. Five teachers (and, importantly, one pimp) literally saved her life.
However, we are not our stories and Jaz shares ideas and insights from her life in her work with school leaders, educators, parents and young people with humour, energy, honesty and an unswerving optimism in people and in education in general, and teachers in particular. Full of practical advice, her message is neatly summed up in her own words to those five teachers from her past - 'Because of you, this is me'.
Why does she do it? So that next time you meet someone like Jaz, you will be ready.
NB Trigger Warning - Jaz covers some traumatic and harrowing experiences from her life in her talks which some delegates may find distressing
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Jaz has been with Independent Thinking since February 2018
Jaz's DBS number is 001490160574 issued 16th June 2015 (checked 16th February 2018 via the Update Service)
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Feedback from recent events include:
"Jaz Ampaw-Farr from beginning to end was amazing"
"Thank you so much for reminding us all of the real difference teachers make to children's futures. We could have listened to you all day"
"YOU are a hero to have shared your story. The emotions, the laughs, but, most of all, the honesty"
"I just need you to know that your impact is far wider than you can ever imagine, and that you change lives. Thank you for being the catalyst"
“Jaz Ampaw-Farr is the British Oprah”