Initially, this blog was a place for me to try to make sense of my experiences, thoughts and ideas. It still is to some extent. It’s about clarifying and articulating my own thinking as well as reaching out for constructive feedback and challenge from others. You’ll see that I have a particular interest in coaching in education and I am passionate about teacher development and growth.
I’m a Scot now settled in Melbourne, Australia, with my family. I started this blog whilst employed in a teacher leadership position in a large independent Catholic college having previously held positions as a Secondary classroom teacher, Head of Department, Curriculum Support Teacher and Leading Teacher in government schools in Scotland and Melbourne. I have also worked with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIe). I spent five years in Initial Teacher Education at the University of Aberdeen where I was privileged to be part of the development and leadership of an innovative program preparing Primary and Secondary teachers for entry to the profession.
I hold a Master of Research (MRes) degree in Social and Educational Research from the University of Aberdeen.
In 2017, I took up a full-time position as Senior Consultant with Growth Coaching International (GCI). In this exciting new role I provide coaching, and facilitate coaching training programs, for educators across Victoria and beyond.
Any specific reference to GCI programs on this blog prior to me joining the company were based on my own direct experience as a participant in their training programs. This is a personal blog and is not endorsed or sponsored by GCI. For this reason, most of my writing about coaching is now done slightly more formally here and in other education publications.
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Further information on my experience and qualifications can be found here.