About

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School Leader / Teacher

An experienced school leader, I have been headteacher or executive headteacher of three schools. I have worked in schools in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. I am passionate about developing leadership at all levels; having delivered the NPQML programme and helped revise the NPQH programme for Inspiring Leaders. I sit on the executive committee of Leicestershire Primary Heads and have served as a mentor to a number of new headteachers. I have delivered a range of workshops for Initial Teacher Training (with Loughborough Learning Alliance and Nottingham Trent University) and have led equality and inclusion workshops for NTU, Leicestershire County Council and OFSTED. In my role as a Local Leader of Education, I have offered tailored School to School Support and can be commissioned through Loughborough Learning Alliance or directly.

Author

I have a strong belief in empowering the children in my care to become the best they can be; good citizens who work hard and care for their community. I strongly believe that everyone has the right to succeed and no-one should suffer at the hands or harsh words of others. This has led to my most recent venture into writing children’s literature. Having written my first picture book “The Best Mummy Snails in the Whole Wide World” (2017) it has received much critical acclaim and positive publicity in both local and national press including Left Lion and Diva Magazine as well as being featured on BBC Radio Nottingham. I currently have my profile on Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website. My second book “The Most Contented Snail in the Whole Wide World” was released in 2019.

In May 2019, to promote equality for all of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act (2010), I have worked with Andrew Moffat who wrote the controversial “No Outsiders” programme using picture books to educate children about equality. In the fight against some of the appalling protests we were asked to film our sessions for the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show. Click this link to see the film clip.

In October 2017 I worked with a round table working group with Stonewall and the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) to produce guidance documents for school leaders to support LBGT staff in their schools. These documents were published nationally towards the end of 2017.

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Vocalist

Since I was 15, I have trained with leading vocal teacher, Michelle Wegwart. Under her tuition, I have had vast experience of singing both as a soloist and as part of a number of choirs. Some of this experience has included taking part in Opera Start workshops aimed at introducing young people to the power of music and performance. The Opera Start initiative was originally accessed by secondary school pupils. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I instigated the first Opera Start workshops within my own primary setting, encouraging all pupils ranging in age from 4-11 to work with a group of professional and semi-professional musicians. In my current school, I have helped them embark on their journey of musical adventure by starting an after school choir and recently rousing the staff to undertake a flash-mob project.

Projects

Inspired by Shonette Bason-Wood during an in-service training day, I re-wrote the lyrics to a Mariah Carey classic to encourage and inspire our pupils. The key message of the song was that the real meaning of Christmas is to love and be loved.

Thank you to all of the staff who spent time learning the lyrics and rehearsing in their spare time to create this video clip. They performed it for the first time as a Flash Mob in St Mary’s Church, Sileby to the delight and surprise of all the pupils and parents.

Take a look at “Lots of Fun At Christmas” a Highgate Flashmob

As leader of the School Choir, we recorded a clip of the beautiful “No Wars Will Stop Us Singing.” This fits beautifully with our work supporting the No Outsiders project.

Take a look at “No Wars Will Stop Us Singing.”

Take a look at the video clips on You Tube.