With well over a decade of primary classroom experience, I understand the pressures facing teachers. 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. 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. Now, with my MA specialising in Relationships and Sex Education, I work as a freelance Associate Consultant for the Jan Lever Group (Jigsaw PSHE and Discovery RE).

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. 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.

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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Time to make a change…

10 weeks left of 2020. What will you do with those 10 weeks? 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…

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Specialist or generalist: which is better?

In the 15 years since I qualified as a teacher, people have often asked me what I teach. My stock response has been, “children.” Anyone who works in primary education knows that you have to be proficient in pretty much all areas of the curriculum insofar as an 11-year-old would notice (trust me; they see…

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