37 years of experience in education, as teacher, manager, lecturer.
An experienced, visionary, headteacher with over 15 years’ responsibility for the strategic leadership, direction and operational management of a school.
Experience of evaluating organisational performance in order to identify key priorities for continuous improvement and raising organisational standards.
A highly experienced people manager, committed to high standards of professionalism, continuous professional development and equality of opportunity for all.
I came into education as a teacher, and had a very successful classroom teaching career covering a number of schools, ages and subject management experiences. These skills I carried forward into headship, often covering long-term for absent colleagues where a supply teacher might have been difficult to find or to hold the fort while one could be found for extended cover. These periods ranged from a week or two to a whole term. As I was a successful head teacher for many years, with my school achieving at a good level, as judged by County and National league tables, but through a pupil-centred approach to learning and teaching, I may have a range of skills or expertise which would include:-
cross-curricular learning and planning learning from direct experience
strategic organisation of people, space and resources
integrated ICT approaches
out of school activity (extended schools)
as well as the more general skills of headship.
Areas of Expertise
Education & Training, educating the whole child, Educating through the environment, Training teachers
An idea worth spreading
The world is made up of many millions of individuals, each with their unique situation, caused by the lottery of birth, but each with a unique set of skills and talents. If each individual was empowered to release these to the common good, how much could the world situation be improved? We are "all in it together" as far as living on this world is concerned.
I'm passionate about
Children and adults learning from and through experience and developing the skills to understand their own learning processes, within the context of a broad society.
Talk to me about
Anything really.I have an eclectic approach to learning.
People don't know I'm good at
Playing the bodhran, or at least I used to be when I had time to practice regularly.
My TED story
Mine is a distant involvement, restricted to on-line viewing of very interesting talks and now occasionally submitting a tentative comment or two.I would love to attend a conference at some stage.