School Improvement ( Secondary Phase)
Neil has a lifelong passion for education, and has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of school settings. He is as enthusiastic and excited by being in schools now as he was when he started teaching History in Portsmouth in 1992.
Neil has had the privilege of running History departments and Humanities Faculties for the first nine years of his career, creating and leading supportive and successful teams, developing staff expertise and delivering engaging lessons. In Middlesex Neil began his senior leadership career developing whole school teaching and learning and the pastoral curriculum.
In 2004 Neil moved back to Sussex and became Deputy Head at Sackville School in East Grinstead, a large 11-18 school. Since then he has worked with, and mentored trainee teachers, NQTs and ECTs, TLR post-holders, ITT mentors and middle leaders. Neil has been a Professional Tutor working with university ITT providers. He has also line-managed departments and faculties and seconded for a year to work with the senior team at a local primary school, giving me experience and insight into this phase and building his own expertise.
More recently Neil has led on staff welfare and wellbeing, a critical role in schools, and has run the Professional Learning provision (CPD) of staff, a model based on research and evidence and staff collaboration. He has been on several governing bodies, is a SSAT trained coach and a Mental Health First Aider.
Neil lives in Sussex with his wife and has two grown up children, all of whom are involved in the world of education.