Education

With well over a decade of primary classroom experience, I understand the pressures facing schools. I’ve been through Ofsted inspections more times than I care to remember (once on day 2 of a new job) and have been described by HMI as ‘relentlessly optimistic’.

No one goes into teaching thinking it will be easy, but sometimes the pressures pile up and it can seem like an insurmountable challenge. I sometimes feel that teachers can be too reflective, thinking too much about what they could do better and not congratulating themselves enough for what they’re doing well. Although I’ve left the classroom to do something a bit different, I didn’t leave because I hated it. In fact, if I could find a way to do it all, I would!

I’ve taught everything to children from Years 1 to 6 and I’ve led subjects and teams at different schools throughout my career, including a Pupil Referral Unit/Alternative Provider. Now, I am available to support schools, staff groups and even individual teachers to enjoy school life again. With experience as a school governor, I have seen the whole process of school management and fully understand the need to play to everyone’s strengths, especially those of the wider community.

I am available to support teachers and schools to feel better about what they do, as well as ask those BDQs to support moving on.

Please contact me if you think I can help you.

Meta-reflection

When I did my teacher training I was taught to reflect on everything I did in the classroom. From the layout of the furniture, to the colours used in displays, to the questions I asked. While it undoubtedly helped me to become a better teacher, it also left me feeling that whatever I did wasn’t…

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Take a look at yourself and make a change…

Changing behaviour, especially if it’s become habitual, can be hard. There’s loads of research about how people change their habits and the stages we go through to make changes. I really like the behaviour change model which has been used here, by the Royal College of Nursing. Although they’re talking about change for health, it…

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Banana skins

“Start as you mean to go on”… This is a great expression, but can be a little frustrating. As an excellent procrastinator, I can find this a terrifying prospect because starting is often the hardest part! It’s also so much easier said than done, especially when circumstances throw banana skins in our paths (2020 anyone?!).…

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