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Kerry Hill

Kerry Hill

School Improvement Partner

  • National School Improvement Partner
  • Specialises in Primary Leadership, Closing The Gap, Wellbeing and SMSC

What is your educational experience?

Kerry has been in education for over 20 years, including 11 years as a headteacher. Kerry has undertaken senior leadership roles in schools of different diversity and contextualisation, including a school of high deprivation, a rural, village Church of England School and a 0 – 11 years Children’s Centre and Primary School with a moderate learning difficulties unit. 

In her most recent Headship, the school went through significant change, having been an underperforming school prior to Kerry’s stewardship. Significant cultural and organisational change enabled the school to achieve its first ever GOOD OFSTED under Kerry’s leadership and end of Key Stage 2 progress rates increasing to top 1%, from a school in the lowest 5% national deprivation (2018 and 2019). 

Kerry is also an Education Consultant, having led professional development training for TT Education across the country in a wide range of topics and to a wide range of education staff including teachers, leaders and headteachers. Kerry has supported leaders and schools locally and nationally, advising and guiding them through leading regular network meeting events, speaking at a national level and sharing best practice through published articles. In addition to all of this, Kerry is also a national verifier for the SMSC award by Young Citizens ensuring a high quality of SMSC within schools. 

What are your key qualifications?

  • NPQH
  • National SENCO Award
  • Certification in PSHE

Kerry is a national SMSC Award verifier and was awarded Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching in 2020. Her other notable credits include:

  • 2020 completed a Masters (distinction) in Leadership of Mental Health in School
  • 2019 TES Awards Head teacher of the Year Finalist
  • Working with the BBC on a series about teacher mental health
  • National speaking on mental health in schools at BETT/Education Show 2019, Healthy Schools Conference and the upcoming 2022 Dyslexia Show
  • 2018 and 2021 recipient of the Princess Royal Training Award for the quality and impact of staff training on mental health
  • 2021 School featured as a national best practice case study in the Parliamentary Review
  • Articles and case studies on mental health have been published nationally including for the Department of Health and Internationally on topics such as stress and building self-efficacy in education

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

Promoting quality learning experiences is what motivates me – everyone is a learner and a leader (pupils and teachers)! Every child should be able to access a quality education to develop their full potential.

What are your educational specialisms?

  • Primary Leadership
  • Closing The Gap
  • Mental Health / Wellbeing
  • SMSC

Kerry's areas of interest include school improvement, leadership, mental health and wellbeing and PSHE. She has presented at national conferences including the 2020 Education/Bett Show on mental health and has worked on a series of films with BBC Teach.

What do you like doing outside of work?

I am currently studying a masters in the leadership of mental health in schools. I am also a trustee on the board of my daughter’s gymnastics academy - it is great to see the value of sports in children’s lives!

What teachers say about Kerry

‘Kerry’s experience and understanding of the subject meant she was able to make the course both easily accessible and transferable to my school’s context. I left enthused to implement change in my own setting, which is always a positive outcome. Kerry had a plethora of ideas, which were presented in a cohesive manner.’ - Ruth Byrne, Deputy Head, Beaver Hill Primary School

‘Kerry was fantastic! She had amazing knowledge and could answer all of our questions and help us to apply to our own units of work/texts, etc. It was brilliant to be on a course where the ideas given are all achievable and I felt really inspired and motivated by the course. There was a great mix of chat, activities and information. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads from it that I will be able to use straight away in the classroom to benefit the children and encourage them in their writing.’ - Charlotte Singleton, Groombridge St Thomas Primary School

‘Kerry was inspiring and the course was incredibly informative. It gave me a lot of practical and creative ideas that I can’t wait to implement into my school. I feel even more passionately about outdoor learning now!’ - Charlotte McWhirter, Garden House School