Working with Schools, Teachers and Children

As an experienced Teacher and Assistant Headteacher I'm passionate about education and the wellbeing and success of both children and teachers.

Who I am

I’m Tom and I’ve worked within the education system at many levels, from Teaching Assistant to Senior Leader.

What I do

For Schools, Academies, Colleges and Universities. Whether it’s INSET and CPD training, staff meetings, away days or SLT development, I offer bespoke training based on your needs.  Subjects include:
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Mindfulness in Education
  • Digital and Social Media Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • and many others

Why me

Subject knowledge + skilled delivery = impact.
As a teacher and senior leader who moved into the field of Mental Health and Wellbeing I am highly trained and experienced in subject knowledge, while also understanding how to effectively create and deliver the training. I also understand the world of Education.

Digital Wellbeing and Social Media

Our lives have become so entwined with technology (and increasingly so) and yet we don’t do anywhere near enough to teach children, or ourselves, how to use it safely and effectively.  Social Media in particular has become a beast that is blamed for so many things, and negative reports are coming up everywhere.  But what’s the reality? Are the studies purely negative?  Social Media and Technology is not inherently ‘good’ or ‘bad’.  In most cases it is the use of these which causes the impacts we see.

Mental Health

With a topic as important as this, helping teachers, staff and school leaders to increase their understanding is a key area in driving forward both school improvement and a healthier working environment for all involved.

Mindfulness for Children

Giving teachers an introduction to what Mindfulness is (and isn’t) and how they can use it in their classrooms to benefit the children they teach, helping them develop social and emotional skills.
Evidence is increasingly showing that Mindfulness can help children to:
  • Focus and pay attention
  • Calm themselves
  • Participate
  • Manage their behaviour and emotions
  • Practise respect, compassion and kindness
  • Cope with anxiety and stress
These also link into any whole-school work that is in place for elements such as Resilience and Growth Mindset.

Mindfulness to support Teachers and Staff with Mental Wellbeing  

Helping teachers/school staff to find ways of understanding what stress and anxiety is, especially in the context of their jobs, and learning practical ways of dealing with this.
Too often strategies like Mindfulness are introduced and the reality is that teachers don’t have time to do them.  In some cases it just adds an extra level of stress because they feel like it’s another thing on their list that can’t be done.
Having spent years in the classroom I understand the realities of the job and how to actually integrate useful and effective strategies into the school day.