The World is a brighter place with the happiness of children
The greatest asset we can ever give our children.... is us.
As a young NQT eager to get into the classroom, I was so fortunate to land my first teaching role at a re-known South Leicestershire Primary School.
My teaching style: Focus on what they 'can do' build self-esteem & resilience.With this positive approach to children's learning I noticed that before long, their confidence to tackle the tasks they couldn't do grew, often with exceptional results.
Although my heart always remained in the classroom, it wasn't long before I started moving into more Senior roles as I was keen to impact on whole school development.
Passionate about getting the right learning to children when they are younger, I went on to become Head of Key Stage 1 & Literacy with a special interest in how phonics was taught.
Always the creative at heart I often took learning away from the desk & into the hall as children re-enacted key periods in history/literacy texts through dance/drama/music. Not only did we cover the curriculum, but it also gave children who may have struggled in the classroom, the opportunity to shine through the arts. Recognising & nurturing children's talents in this way was so rewarding & boosted their confidence back in the classroom too.
I went onto become Advanced skills teacher of performing arts. As well as working with my incredibly talented Deputy Head/Head of Music to develop our reputation in this area, I was also seconded to work in other schools in the county to develop that part of the curriculum for them too.
I then diversified & became Head of Behaviour Management & Pupil Well-Being. I attending various seminars run by the incredibly inspirational Dr Bill Rogers (Behaviour Management Specialist who sketched his way through seminars rather than power-points!) His simple yet effective strategies changed the way we managed behaviour back in the classroom. Behaviour is a form of communication & as we know, children show distressed behaviours for a reason. If we can adopt a puzzle solving culture & get to the root of it, we can work together to find ways to de-escalate a situation & support the child in managing their own emotions. I later developed an interest & connection with Team Teach, award-winning 'positive handling' training which helps staff to understand where behaviours are coming from & support pupils to start regulating emotions themselves
To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.
My departure from the classroom was a difficult decision but after my experiences overseas, I knew it was time to take a new direction in education.
After re-locating to London I landed my dream role, Head of CPD, training & up-skilling teachers/support staff through the registered with the agency. Personal classroom/education/life experience is part of all my training which makes it authentic & relatable
Following the announcement of the global pandemic in March 2020, I needed to quickly adapt & learn new skills myself. In order to continue to deliver the high quality of training that our candidates had become used too, I turned to my computer & began training remotely. I'm sure most of us will agree, it will never replace face to face but now life has become so demanding again, after a busy day in the classroom, to access learning in the comfort of your own home certainly has its benefits. During the lockdowns, over 1500 staff connected through remote training!
A little more about Kate
Incredibly proud mum to my 3 children & more recently became nanna to 2 adorable grandchildren
Always had a dream to get to Wimbledon (to play, not just watch!!) Now happily play for fun. Discovered yoga a few years ago & found it so peaceful & beneficial that I took my practice to Thailand on a yoga retreat
Travel has always been high on my list. New places, people, cultures, storms & sunsets, it inspired me to write which has now become a huge passion. Currently planning a children's book
Inspired by my Italian aunty & nanna I love to bake. If I've been in the kitchen the night before, my training sessions will often be accompanied by some of my delicious treats, guaranteed to make you smile!