I am currently Deputy Head at River Mead School in Melksham. Prior to qualifying as a teacher in 2010, I worked in alternative provision (supporting children at risk of permanent exclusion), and also a residential special school.
Understanding children’s social, emotional and mental health needs, and their subsequent behaviours, is something that I am passionate about. Although I am motivated and driven to have a positive impact on all children, I quickly find myself naturally migrating to support children who display more challenging behaviour, or to support staff who are working directly with them.
I can’t help myself but to engage in professional dialogue; share good practice, question others about their methodology or help problem solve their barriers or concerns. Often this is a two-way process, developing and questioning my own practice and then moving it forward also. It’s not about being an expert – no one has all the answers!
I find the most powerful way to support colleagues is through collaboration and reflection. I enjoy spending time acknowledging the challenges, and bouncing ideas and solutions around. Seeing others feel more confident about how to approach a situation, or move things forward for a child, is where I get my ‘professional buzz’.