“I have always had a passion for teaching. I have taught across the primary age range implementing initiatives and strategies from nursery to year six. My experience has been largely based in inner city environments where extra consideration is needed for pupils with English as an additional language and those who come from challenging socio-economic circumstances.
I have always adopted an inclusive approach to education and I believe in the importance of working with families to support the child. My previous school was recognised by the local authority as being a good example of an inclusive setting.
As a recent headteacher I have extensive leadership experience in primary schools. In being responsible for school improvement I place a high value on the continued professional development of my staff team. I planned and led staff training on a multitude of issues including the use of formative and summative assessment, behaviour management, higher order questioning and the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Also as a headteacher I was responsible for working with outside agencies and ensuring my school is connected to the wider community. I have been a member of the Children’s Centre Advisory Board for Staffordshire and take an active role in the strategic development of services for children and families.
Through my leadership roles in schools I have been responsible for the induction of newly qualified staff as well as students on placement. This includes coaching and mentoring, observing practice and providing relevant feedback and targets for improvement. Several recent Ofsted inspections have validated my lesson observation judgements and this is something I have been able to share with other schools. Furthermore, while working in Walsall, I designed and implemented a programme for middle leaders from different schools in the area.”
“Having been a Headteacher since 2012 I took the difficult decision to leave post in May after three and a half years. I had taken the school from a very challenging position, prior to my arrival an inspection by the school improvement advisor had found the majority of teaching to be inadequate, to a position where the majority of teaching was deemed to be good (Ofsted 2014). Pupil numbers had been falling dramatically resulting in redundancies and this trend was reversed and pupil numbers rose steadily during my time in post.”
- Mentoring and coaching (senior school leaders)
- mindfulness for children
- effective questioning
- practical activities to support numeracy
- behaviour support strategies
- celebrating success
A variety of professional endorsements available on request