I work as a consultant for school communities, headteachers, teaching staff and educational psychologists. This involves providing consultancy throughout processes of change affecting either the whole school or particular subjects or years. I also supervise teams in charge of projects and provide individual coaching.
Examples from practice
- A school is wanting to reduce school failure rates and the number of pupils having to repeat an year by providing targeted individual support. Consultancy might aim to resolve the following issues:
- As far as is possible, how do we get everyone involved and how do we deal with different interests and ideas?
- How do we agree on a common goal and structure the process of change?
- How do we make changes that we’ve set in motion permanent?
- Boys and girls in a mixed school are to be taught separately in key subjects and years to allow them to achieve their full potential. Questions arising as part of the consultancy process might include:
- How do we persuade the school community to accept this idea?
- How do we need to organize ourselves as a school in order to implement this plan effectively?
- Do we need additional funds and if so, how do we go about acquiring them?
- A school is wanting to reduce the amount of time its teaching staff and pupils take off sick. Questions and topics might include:
- What is our internal communication like? How do we get on together (openness, respect)?
- Is there space for pupils and teachers to relax?
- Would it be possible to improve the situation by having open classrooms, joint preparation and assessment sessions, mutual support, a shared educational approach?