I have been a Headteacher since 2003, first in a Middle School and now a large Junior School. During my career I have coached teachers in a range of contexts. Prior to that I worked as a Literacy Consultant for 3 years; a major part of that role was planning and teaching alongside teachers in many primary and middle schools.
Since taking on Headship I have qualified as a Local Leader of Education; the training for this role placed strong emphasis on a range of coaching styles. In my LLE role I have supported teachers and Headteachers in a number of schools, often middle leaders with responsibilities for raising standards in core subjects. I lead a LA network for newly appointed Headteachers, meeting regularly during the challenging first year of headship.
As a leader (and as a coach) I have always believed in the value of encouraging colleagues to take on responsibilities, ask questions and discover their own values and styles as leaders. This can best be developed through critical dialogue and mutual respect. I have benefited throughout my career from the advice and encouragement of experienced colleagues around me and am more than happy to repay my dues! Seeing colleagues go on to leadership roles, as Deputies and Headteachers has been rewarding.