My Work

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Keynote Speaker  For Conference or Inset

Rich is an experienced Key Note speaker and has led inset training days covering School Vision; Leadership; School Improvement; Understanding SEMH; Behaviour Management; Mental Health & Wellbeing; Understanding ACE's.

Brian Walton Head Teacher & Chair of Glastonbury Community Learning Partnership said:

"Rich delivered a thought provoking, practical and very well structured Key Note at our annual Community Learning Partnership (CLP) conference this September. There were 17 head teachers across the spectrum of education (Nursery to Secondary) and we were all interested in how we could meet the rising needs we had, especially regarding SEMH. Rich set the context out very well, he was researched and able to offer practical systemic solutions (as well as some more bespoke suggestions).

 The feedback we got from the session was overwhelmingly positive and has meant that our CLP has created an action group to develop and  implement many of the issues the Rich initially led us through.

 We highly recommend him."

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Leadership Coach

 Bringing a different perspective

Rich regularly works with Senior Leaders in a coaching capacity using his experience to give a fresh pair of eyes and offer advice to problem solve. One Exec Head commented:

"Thank you again for your visit last week. It was genuinely very useful and there have been some changes as a result of it to my own thinking and practice.

 I look forward to catching up soon. I am meeting with the SLT this week to reflect on the visit and ensure we are all aligned in the right direction.

 Thank you for the resources. The feedback from the training was overwhelmingly positive. Very much appreciated. I hope we get to work together more regularly."

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Mental Health First Aid

MHFA Trainer

Evidence shows the only effective long-term way to improve mental health is to adopt a ‘whole organisation approach' where all parts of the organisation and its community are encouraged to work together in their commitment to wellbeing. Rich Offers specific 2 day training for mental health & wellbeing leads, as well as half day training which gives staff an overview of youth mental health first aid the ability to recognise and then signpost young people to appropriate support. In addition Rich also offers 2 day adult MHFA. Both this and the youth courses can be run face to face or online  if Covid prevents the former.

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Senior Leader Supervision

Looking after the health of our leaders

Clinical Supervision
With his wealth of Senior Leadership Experience Rich is able to offer supervision for teams within a school or MAT setting. A qualified supervisor with the Association of Psychological Therapies, Rich brings his experience of leading and managing mainstream and special schools to bear in meetings that enable leaders to discuss and reflect on their work load in a confidential and safe environment.

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TeamTeach Trainer

Positive strategies for managing behaviour

Rich is an experienced intermediate TeamTeach trainer. He leads courses across Somerset for schools and organisations. For further information contact Sarah Hampshire at shampshire@educ.somerset.gov.uk

 

Team Teach provides reasoned, researched and considered positive behavioural management courses, delivered by experienced, knowledgeable trainers. 

Our tailored training solutions teach positive behaviour management and handling strategies which reduce the need for physical intervention and restraint. They have helped transform a wide variety of workplaces and relationships, equipping individuals and teams to manage challenging behaviour and conflict safely and respectfully, driving positive outcomes.

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Understanding the effects of ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experience

As an ambassador for Action on Aces in Gloucestershire Rich does inset training for staff to understand the severe affects.
ACEs are specified traumatic events occurring before the age of 18 years. High or frequent exposure to ACEs, without the support of a trusted adult can lead to toxic stress.
There is a large body of evidence which shows that the adversity we experience as children can affect us into adulthood. Within a general population anyone can be susceptible to ACEs regardless of ethnicity, sex and socioeconomic status, although the number of ACEs experience tends to increase with lower socioeconomic status.
ACEs are prevalent across the population and recent studies have shown:
Nearly half of people in England experience at least one ACE, with around 9% experiencing four or more ACEs (Blackburn & Darwen Study)
Six ACEs can reduce your life expectancy by 20 years
For every 100 adults in England, 48 have suffered at least one ACE during their childhood and nine suffered four or more..........

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School Improvement Support

A Story of Success

As an experienced senior leader with a record of school improvement in schools in challenging circumstances. Rich brings fresh ideas galvanising staff teams. His experiences of working in schools in challenging circumstances and moving schools out of special measures brings a valuable insight to school improvement. His deep knowledge of behaviour management and SEND processes help schools move forward with the most difficult of problems.