I have had the good fortune to undertake diverse roles over the last twenty years, which have enabled me to develop a breadth and depth of expertise and experience which now allows me to work in a freelance capacity. My career has taken some unusual turns and I have worked with some fantastic colleagues. I love challenge and love learning, which I think accounts for the many areas within education that I have worked, and the man hours I continually devote to developing in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning. A reoccurring theme throughout my varying teaching and leadership roles has been a desire to support others, with a fixation on providing the very best education and life chances we can for children.
My freelance role often involves me working at a leadership level, e.g. supporting headteachers with performance management; working with phase leaders to develop leadership capacity and increase impact; supporting leaders to develop and implement whole school solutions to challenging issues, such as closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils; delivering projects on themes such as metacognition and growth mindsets. In addition, it also finds me working at a more classroom operational level, particularly on aspects of reading and writing. Looking at both sides of the coin keeps my feet firmly rooted in reality and ensures that school reviews and book scrutinies see developments from a number of perspectives.
One of my strengths is having both primary and secondary experience, which has shaped my views on teaching and learning and resulted in a deep fascination of how we support children to become successful learners who love challenge, respond to feedback, are resilient and take ownership of their learning.
I continue to gain enormously from every colleague I work with, every organisation I have the good fortune to be involved with and the continued professional development I undertake. Working independently over the last four years, I have provided training for over 100 schools and thousands of colleagues across the Yorkshire region. Every event is a privilege to deliver and working in schools continues to keep my feet grounded in delivering solutions that work for busy teachers and leaders.