I've been in education for the past 20 years, as a Teacher, Senior Leader and more recently as a Head Teacher. This year I trained as a Coach due to the interest I've always had in personal development, mindset and well-being. In my role as a senior leader - I have always paid most attention to the well-being of staff. "People 1st - professionals 2nd" has been my approach and this has always served me well.
When staff are valued and respected then they give back to the profession and give back, more.
I'm passionate about education and the value teachers add to society. Education makes a difference because Teachers make a difference, often at a cost to their own well-being. Teachers need to be well and they need to be happy. I believe as a profession we need to do more than just look at reducing work-load. Nearly half our teachers are predicted to leave the profession in five years time.
I felt compelled to do something and so the Every Teacher Matters project was born.
My practice of improving Teacher's confidence and enjoyment within the education profession, contributes to the wider policy of improving teacher retention rates, as we face a crisis of teachers leaving the profession. Every child needs an excellent teacher and I feel an immense duty of care towards teachers and their well-being.
When teachers look after themselves, achieve work-life balance and take care of their own needs, then they can be truly effective in the classroom.
Through coaching, I help teachers to be the best they can be so that the personal growth and development they receive, in turn, impacts positively upon the children they teach.
To learn more about my journey...
The launch event took place on the 23rd October 2019. What a fantastic event it was!