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Helen Coleman

Helen Coleman

School Improvement Partner

  • Experienced Primary Leader and Headteacher
  • Specialises in Science, Geography, Safeguarding and School improvement design
Subject,Key Stage,Curriculum

Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what motivates you?

I am motivated by people, by learning and by creative opportunities. I enjoy meeting new people and developing new skills. I am naturally very curious and positive in my approach to life. 

What is your educational experience?

I have 18 years of teaching experience in primary education, including early years, in a range of schools from half-form to four-form entry. During the last 8 years, I have been headteacher of a small, rural primary school. One of the joys of small schools is that you know every child and family but also that you get to become Jack-of-all-trades in school leadership, as often there is no one else to do the job apart from you. 

What are your key qualifications?

My background is an honours science degree in Geography and Geology with a focus throughout my teaching career on Science, Design Technology and most recently Digital Technology and Engineering. With 8 years of experience in primary headship, I have NPQH and more recently completed training in supporting children with trauma, attachment theory and safeguarding.

What is your educational specialism?

My background is in the Sciences with specialism in Geography as well as STEM subjects. I have most recently been involved in coding, technology and engineering clubs in school. I am also very interested in leadership development alongside coaching and mentoring. 

What do you like doing outside of work?

Spending time with friends and family, walking our dog, knitting socks and creative hobbies, gardening, travelling, musical theatre and cinema as well as live music.

what teachers say about Helen

‘Helen was knowledgeable and personable. She had taken the time to familiarise herself with the school before our INSET. Her delivery style was engaging and authoritative.' - Daniel Watkins, Deputy Head, Colville Primary School

Helen was incredible. She helped all trainees on a personal level. I walked in unsure and walked out with loads of ideas and felt very supported and valued.' - Danielle McMahon, Crownfield Infant School

‘This course was fantastic. Really got me thinking! Excellent course. Helen was really engaging and made the day really informative.’ - Nia Simpson, St Mary’s C of E Primary School

‘Excellent structure of session with great ideas to help me get started with creating our DT curriculum. Helen was really helpful and shared great resources that we can use and develop as well as advice on where to start.’ - Sophie Landick, Danson Primary School

‘Training I wish I had received years ago! Helen was able to support all the team to reflect succinctly and impactfully on their subject areas. Using the concept of ‘why?’ each subject leader was able to articulate why their subject area was important for every child and how to make key improvements to teaching and learning across the school. A true masterclass in subject leader training!' - Cheryl Williams, Deputy Headteacher, Bedford Road Primary School