My name is Maria Trafford and I live in Somerset with my family. I am Assistant Headteacher Academic and also an English teacher. I have extensive experience in leading academic excellence programmes, coaching for Oxbridge and leadership in the Sixth Form. I have a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s in Theology and, as well as 23 years teaching experience, I spent several years running childhood bereavement programmes for the NHS. Originally from Scotland, I am a fan of the highlands, islands and mountains. I delivered a TEDx talk on eco-critical readings of Literature, ‘Fear The Flood’, and I hope it will help young people to put the Earth’s interests at the centre of all their decisions.