I have worked in education for almost 35 years, working first as a class teacher in the Inner London Education Authority, followed by time teaching in Australia where I learnt a lot about behaviour management. I then taught in Merton, South West London, eventually taking up a post in the SEN service as a Behaviour Support Teacher.
For a time I managed the South West Surrey Behaviour Support Service – a much more rural location where schools and families faced different challenges.
I returned to Merton to become Primary Behaviour and Attendance Lead as part of the National Strategy Programme. This included introducing S.E.A.L. (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and solution focused approaches, two things that continue to drive my practice. Currently I am the Strategic Manager of The Virtual Behaviour Service in Merton where part of my role is to support all schools in developing their provision to support children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
I have always been interested in working with children who are a little bit different; children who are challenging or worrying. I have been lucky enough throughout my career to work with some amazing children and families and some very talented professionals, both within schools and beyond.
A significant change for me was meeting Helen Stollery (then Head of Training at nurtureuk). In Helen, I found someone who thought the same way as I did about children. From that chance meeting I have, with colleagues, developed nurture in Merton. Now almost half of primary schools in Merton have some type of nurturing provision and nurture in secondary schools is developing too. If you would like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org