During my career as a teacher and headteacher I have benefited hugely from the generosity of those who have shared their expertise and enabled me to take opportunities to develop mine. I firmly believe that to provide the best possible learning experiences for children we must invest in those who teach them.
I am passionate about developing cultures of self-improvement within school teams that are based on support, positive challenge and mutual learning. I believe that if teachers and school leaders are freed from task completion for its own sake, have opportunity to develop their own knowledge and skills and have time for reflection and professional collaboration the children they work with will benefit immeasurably.
I am a firm believer in the power of coaching to enable individuals and teams to effectively manage workload, build on strengths and improve performance.
I have more than a decade of senior leadership experience in both small village schools and large town schools and including two successful headships. Since becoming a qualified teacher in 2001 my career has included teaching across the primary age - my strength being in KS2 - and leading art, modern languages and English across the primary phase. I have worked in collaboration with other schools providing training and coaching, carrying out school improvement reviews and to establish a cross phase multi-academy trust.
I specialise in all aspects of school leadership including growing leadership capacity, developing a clear vision, school evaluation and improvement planning, creating learning cultures, effective use of assessment and data, enhancing staff well-being and productivity, performance management and coaching.
I have trained as a coach and am currently completing an MSc in Learning and Teaching focusing on use of peer coaching for teacher professional development.
My hobbies include surfing, sailing, mountain biking, hiking, running and yoga. I love music, theatre and travelling overseas - ideally experiencing life like a local - as well as exploring the coasts and countryside of the UK. New challenges excite me; this year it’s learning to kitesurf!
I’m a new consultant with TT, so I’m looking forward to receiving your feedback and will update this section soon!
In the meantime, here’s what Ofsted had to say:
‘... you provide strong and effective leadership. As a result, your staff and pupils are proud to be part of Bridgetown Primary.’ Ofsted 2017.
’...teaching is strong across the school. Teachers’ skills are developed through regular training, coaching and the sharing of effective practice. New approaches to the teaching of writing and mathematics are resulting in improved outcomes across the school.’ Ofsted 2017.