Specialising in child / adolescent development and the emotional dimensions of teaching, learning and parenting.
In an uncertain and rapidly changing world, filled with conflicting and competing information, I bring clarity, insight, and humour as a speaker and trainer.
As a coach, my talks and workshops are thought-provoking, and designed to inspire further conversation and action.
I bring research-based insights into what drives human behaviour, group dynamics, and how small tweaks can make a big impact in our relationships with ourselves, with others, and with our work.
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
In 2013 I set up my consultancy practice initially providing pastoral INSET to the Girls Day School Trust network and rapidly expanding to other schools based on word-of mouth recommendations.
Providing high quality training for leadership teams, pastoral leaders, teachers, support staff in more than 50 different schools across the country. My background as a former school leader, NEU rep, governor, practicing teacher, and school-based coach enables me to be very much in tune with the realities of school life. My training resonates because it is all about application on the ground.
Also providing successful wellbeing and PSHCE talks for pupils – frequently booked on a regular basis by client schools.
Now providing parenting talks and workshops both in schools and in corporate settings.
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.
I keep up to date by attending further CPD training at the Tavistock, as well as online courses in positive psychology, psychodynamic thinking, developing wellbeing and
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 (2014-2020)
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 – 2013) whilst doing the pre-clinical training to become a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
Active school-based work continues to be an important part of my ethos as a trainer and coach.
Current ‘on the ground’ school experience as part time teacher of English and school-based coach one day per week.
Extensive experience mentoring young people and families in difficulty – both in school and on a voluntary basis.
2018 – Training as a professional coach with CTI – now Co-Active Training Institute – an internationally recognised provider of coaching training.
Dec 2018 – Completed the Co-Active Fundamentals and Co-Active Coach Training
Jan 2019 – Started my private coaching practice as a complement to the training and parenting work.
September 2019 – Part time coach at Wimbledon High School
Teacher Union Representative
ATL / NEU Representative 2013 -2019 – supporting constructive relationships during change management and supporting individual teachers and support staff.
One of 6 Union Representatives sitting on the Consultative Committee of the GDST network of 24 schools. 2013 – 2019.
My experiences as a union rep enables 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 tweenaged girl – so fully aware how difficult it is to put the theories of good parenting into practice!