Senior Education Welfare Officer
I am supported by a very committed and professional Admin team who ensure that there are no delays in the progression of cases and prompt follow ups are carried out by on a daily basis.
I am a great advocate of Education and previously lived in Boston, USA where I worked with Young Offenders setting up Inter-State groups from Boston, New York and Washington to support Young Offenders to achieve a sense of normality in their complex lives and to see a future through education.
On returning from the USA I continued to work with young people and am now a fully qualified Senior Education Welfare Officer and the only Qualified Persistent Absence EWO.
I have worked in a number of different schools within the Leicestershire/ Midlands area and this has enabled me to have a greater understanding of what schools require and that each one has very specific needs.
I have excellent relationships with various agencies and have been able to build on this from year to year and maintain close working relationships with a number of Local Authorities.
As the only qualified Persistent Absence EWO in the Leicestershire area I have worked very closely with Leicestershire County Council’s Schools’ Improvement Team and the Attendance and Behaviour consultants.
I have in-depth knowledge of Persistent Absence and how to reduce this for schools and how to improve overall attendance in schools.
I believe that every child has a right to an education and we must endeavour to support parents, young people and schools if we are to see our future generations succeed.
Employment Relations Officer
I am supported by a committed and professional admin team who ensure that all enquiries and requests for support are progressed without delay.
I was employed as a trade union representative for an education union for over 30 years. I am an accomplished caseworker, having advised and supported countless workers, facilitating their representation throughout the UK.
I served as a member of the union’s Policy and Research Team and was lead officer for the Childcare and Early Years Section of the union which included nannies, nursery nurses, and school support staff. I represented the union at consultation / negotiation meetings with local, regional, national bodies and organisations.
I’ve long held the view that if employers and employees would only speak with each other more, problems would be resolved, and management decisions better understood, avoiding the involvement of unions and the escalation of conflict.
I am Chair of the national Regulation Matters Campaign (see www.regulationmatters.co.uk) The campaign calls for the registration of all childcares in the UK, so that nannies and other home childcares are brought under the same regulatory umbrella and held to the registration standards currently required of childminders to safeguard children, improve childcare standards, and create consistency in the childcare industry through legislation.
I am a qualified member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
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