Beverley-Sarah has headship experience amounting to 5 years spent in two very different large primary schools, including a school with a specialist autism unit where she promoted integration and a more holistic approach. She became a head teacher at just 30; one of the youngest appointments in Surrey at the time. This year she celebrates her 20th year as a teacher.
In her teaching time she has been an English specialist and advisor, ASD advisor, in charge of SEN provision, learning styles analyst and curriculum designer. Beverley-Sarah has an advisory and consultancy role and works with various organisations, schools, Local Education Authorities as well as individual students and families. As a teacher, including of students with SEN, she was regularly graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Although primary trained, she has worked with secondary students as a tutor for over 16 years, taking students predicted at D and helping them to achieve A and A* grades. she has supported several schools in designing booster and recovery programmes, as well as designing curriculum experiences to support students with mental health difficulties.
Beverley-Sarah has been a long time advocate of a more skills based, holistic curriculum which takes into account life skills, and so-called 'soft' skills which are needed for good mental health and to succeed in the world of work. She introduced the centre to the Finnish curriculum and is passionate about a Scandinavian approach.
She has experience and training beyond typical ASD, PDA, Dyslexia approaches and uses holistic massage, aromatherapy, weight therapy, mindfulness and meditation, EFT, solution-focused life coaching, mentoring and drawing therapy when working with students who have acute anxiety and mental health difficulties. She ensures that all staff at Big Bear follow a coaching and mentoring style, and encourages personal development, providing excellent CPD opportunities.
Beverley-Sarah has trained many teachers in her career, as well as working as a placement mentor for would-be head teachers for the National College of School Leadership.
Beverley-Sarah also has strong links with more formal home educating communities, including Scandinavian families living in the UK, and has completed many educational consultancy visits abroad.
Her qualifications / training includes: NPQH, BA Hons degree (with QTS) subject specialisms in history, English and geography (she teaches these subjects to A Level), trained in algebra at advanced diploma level, advanced diploma in mentoring and coaching, vast amount of courses and experience relating to ASD and mental health. BAGA coaching qualifications. Diploma in Indian Head Massage, studies and qualifications in therapeutic life coaching, mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Technique. She has also spoken on local radio as a guest speaker on mental health and education issues.
“ As an 18 year old I could be quite forthright, political even, but I like to think it came from a position of passion rather than impoliteness .... When I showed my form teacher my grades at A level she commented that ‘A grade students’ should not go into teaching as it wasn’t really needed, so perhaps I should consider a Law degree instead .... I replied politely with thanks for the back handed comment, but also pointed out that perhaps the comment showed that there really was a need for the best and most motivated students to go into UK teaching to ensure aspiration, inspiration and innovation within the system...after all do we not all want the best for future generations? .... I should have stopped there, but to my shame I did conclude with: In Scandinavia Miss, many teachers hold Master’s Degrees as standard ... I promptly got a detention!! Good teachers don’t have to be A Grade students, but we should aspire to have the very best people, the most enthusiastic people, the best critical thinkers, the best facilitators - otherwise what’s the point? I want my kids to be taught by people who will mentor them and inspire them, not a person who has just turned up for work today. I want children to be taught in a system that helps them to be creative, innovative and promotes their strong mental health helping them to discover who they are - to really do that a 'one size fits all' just won't do, and it certainly won't do for our most vulnerable students "
B.S White, training presentation 2011
James is in charge of administration as well as being the Exams Officer and Designated Safeguarding Leader.
James is a sky diver who has competed at National level and will support students post 16 who would like to prepare for their first tandem jump. James is also a drumming tutor and runs our military drumming experiences. James' background is electrical engineering and he sometimes supports students as a mentor in scientific and DT projects.
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