It is a great privilege to work at St Mary’s C.E Primary School. I joined the school in 2002 when the school was in special measures and I joined as a Year 6 class teacher. The challenges and expectations to change the historical low achievement and attainment were enormous, however I always believed the pupils of St Mary’s could achieve. This was through the amazing support of the senior leadership team, staff and governing body. St Mary’s was rated outstanding by OFSTED in 2009.
Those experiences, opportunities and challenges helped me develop close links with the community, a community I really enjoy working with. Working with the pupils, staff and parents and governors helped me develop a resilience, enthusiasm and desire to make the changes and become part of a fantastic team to work with. My role as ‘UNICEF Rights Respecting’ Co-ordinator has helped facilitate a change in ethos throughout school life and the community, this is something St Mary’s is very proud of.
I was delighted to become Assistant Headteacher in 2008 and Deputy Headteacher in 2011. Working with a dynamic, supportive and innovative SLT has helped me develop my leadership skills. Urban leadership is an opportunity to develop leadership further and it is something I strongly believe will make a difference.
My role as an SLE with a ‘Rights Respecting Schools’ leadership and behaviour focus is rich and I have done the following:
- Through the Teach Manchester Teaching School, I have trained over 60 Headteachers and senior leaders in primary schools and secondary schools (embedding the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) through British Values).
- I have organised several Conferences and Vision days with an RRSA In 2017, 48 schools attended both ‘Hear My Voice’ Conferences. All schools recognised the training as very positive with high impact.
- I have very good experience at speaking at conferences or training.
- I have worked with groups or individual staff on developing short and long term strategies to positively impact behaviour inside and outside the classroom.
- I have trained PGCE, Bed, BA (Hons) student teachers from Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Cumbria, Leeds University and The University of Chester.
- I am currently working with trainee Educational Psychologists around embedding the RRSA ethos into learning and child development.
I can support schools, staff, governors or professionals in a variety of ways:
- Support Headteachers and Senior leaders in introducing and embedding the Rights Respecting School Award ethos into schools.
- Plan and deliver INSET days for groups or individual schools
- Plan and deliver training in embedding the ‘Rights Respecting ethos in schools (focusing on leadership, strategy, learning and pupil voice)
- Plan and deliver staff meetings
- Support groups or individual staff on developing behaviour strategies inside and outside the classroom.