The World is a brighter place with the happiness of children
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 & deepen understanding. 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.
When you first qualify to become a teacher, interests you may have had then, often change. 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. As we know, children mis-behave for a reason. If we can get to the root of it, we can work together to find ways to de-escalate a situation before a child ultimately goes into crisis. Unsurprisingly, I developed an interest & connection with Team Teach, award-winning 'positive handling' training which helps staff support pupils with challenging behaviour.
In 2016, as life took an unexpected turn, I decided to make some life changes
(Click here to find out how I progressed to the next stage of my career)
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.
Following 6 months of supply work in 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!
I'm so excited to embark on the next part of my journey, continuing to train & connect globally with you
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!