Mary-Jo Hill started teaching in 1994, having studied at Nottingham University and King’s College, London. A Lead School Improvement Officer from 2000-2009 in the London Borough of Lewisham, she worked with and advised over 100 primary, secondary and special schools in the teaching and learning of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, Personal, Social and Health Education and Staff Wellbeing. She co- led the pan-London Wellbeing pilot programme in 2002 (based on the successful Norfolk programme) and was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in June 2010.
“I am passionate about the importance of staff well-being. Without inspired, motivated and valued staff, the circumstances for creating emotionally secure children who are inspired learners and independent thinkers becomes more remote and more difficult. I believe that our most valuable school asset is staff.
The crucial aspect of creating a dynamic and inspired team is to create the time for professional talk. This is too often squeezed out, overlooked or pressured amongst other internal matters. Coaching can provide schools with a formal structure to support and challenge current practice simultaneously.”
Mary-Jo coaches a wide range of staff (headteachers, senior leaders, middle leaders, support, site and administrative staff), and has worked in more than 45 schools resulting in over 1200 hours of coaching experience. She works as an associate to the Viscount Nelson Education Network, a non-profit Community Interest Company dedicated to improving life chances for children and young people across East Anglia and beyond.
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