Primary/Middle school PGCE; 4+ years at an Inner city SPA middle school; 5 years EBD mixed 5-16 school, (re-classified as Secondary SEBD boys -12 further years Secondary specialist subject teachng - mainly History & French.) Overall have taught every subject except DT Resistant Materials & been Curriculum Leader for all subjects except Maths & DT.
Acting Deputy Headteacher by 2006, but took opportunity/risk of a temporary contract with the Local Authority as Behaviour for Learning Consultant for Portsmouth schools.
HATE poor quality/meaningless INSET sessions, so built good reputation among school Behaviour Leaders for producing meaningful training, useful handouts & for rolling up sleeves to help and support.
Set up own company in 2008 & branched out into independent work. Successful projects have included :-
supporting the practical aspects of curriculum implementation of SEAL in Lead SEAL school;
a one-term (extended to five-term) contract to introduce SEAL, Climate for Learning, AfL and Restorative Approaches in a large specialist residential SEBD/ASD/Complex Needs school within the independent sector;
offering INSET on Motivating Reluctant Learners;
being asked to provide the annual guest lecture on Secondary SEAL, to the Portsmouth University ITT students.
Currently offering highly successful coaching programmes for secondary school teaching staff, young & not-so-young, struggling to retain motivation & sanity in face of difficult pupils & classes. Recent projects resulted in 95% of staff reporting full regain of confidence, skills & motivation. (Pupils also regain -engaging lessons from good teachers!)