Specialising in child / adolescent development and the emotional dimensions of teaching, learning and parenting.
Supporting young people, strengthening their developing personalities, and leading them to take responsibility for their futures.
Supporting teachers and parents to deliver the best nurture and challenge for our children in a fast-moving world.
Consultancy grounded in up to date understanding of best practice in different educational settings.
Delivered by a practising teacher – grounded in the realities of school life, combined with considerable school leadership experience.
Educational Speaker and Trainer
2013 – set up my consultancy practice, becoming a significant provider of Pastoral Inset to the Girls Day School Trust (network of 24 schools). Trained hundreds of teachers, Heads of Year, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads and Head teachers in both secondary and primary schools nationwide. Increasingly booked and re-booked to deliver INSET, parent and pupil workshops at both primary and secondary schools
In embarking on the MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, I had initially thought of retraining to become a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. During this pre-clinical training stage, I developed a strong belief that elements of Child Development Research, insights from progress in neuroscience, and Psychodynamic approaches could be of huge benefit in school life.
My vision is to combine my extensive experience of school life and postgraduate research to the benefit of pupils, parents and teachers who experience difficulties as part of the emotional aspects of everyday life but may not reach the threshold for accessing specialist interventions.
School Leader – Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Deputy Head of a leading Independent Girls’ School (2005-2011)
National Professional Qualification for Headship (2006)
Child Protection / Safeguarding Lead
Helping hundreds of young people and their families when the growing got tough.
Psychoanalytic training –Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies. This centres on working with children, young people and families. It forms the pre-clinical training for becoming a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust – a world leading centre of excellence in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
My studies incorporated the latest thinking in Child Development Research and Neuroscientific insights into development as well as the development of the personality. (2011-2014)
Also specialising in group and institutional dynamics
Distinctions in Work Discussion paper and Young Child Observation study.
School Governor with an emphasis on Safeguarding and Wellbeing – at an ‘outstanding’ Primary School (2014-present)
School Governor at a recently set up Secondary Academy (2012 to Nov 2015) (Rated ‘Good’ and governance described as ‘very strong, particularly in relation to safeguarding matters’ in first May 2014 Ofsted inspection)
In attendance at Governor meetings as Deputy Head since 2005 – so extensive experience of working alongside governors, within committee structures.
Qualified as a teacher in 1997. Awarded the Walton Prize for excellence at the end of my PGCE at the University of Manchester.
Rapidly earning my stripes through commitment to excellence and leadership in pastoral care
Head of House (Senior pastoral post) in the first co-educational school in the Arab World
After outstanding results as Head of English, became Deputy Head (sole Deputy) at a leading Independent Girls’ School
Returned to classroom teaching part time (2011-present) whilst undertaking a part time MA.
Current ‘on the ground’ teaching experience as a part time English Teacher.
Extensive experience mentoring young people in difficulty both in school and on a voluntary basis
2009 – 11 Mentor as a volunteer for Kids Company
2005 – present - set up various mentoring schemes as Deputy Head and assisted other school leaders in setting up pupil and teacher mentor programmes.
Teacher Union Representative
ATL Rep since 2013– supporting constructive relationships during change management and supporting individual teachers and support staff.
Also Union Representative sitting on Consultative Committee of a network of schools.
My experience as an ATL rep helps me to give down to earth, practical, and well-informed insights in teacher workshops. I fully appreciate the difficulties and worries teachers and others in support roles face in the day to day life of schools.
Parent of a 6 year old daughter – so fully aware how difficult it is to put the theories of good parenting into practice!