I've been in education a long time and I still love it. I thoroughly enjoyed my 20 years' teaching in classrooms, residential schools and secure units. I really enjoy meeting people new to the profession. They bring a lot of energy and excitement to their work, which is something I really appreciate.
I've always been fascinated by human behaviour and psychology, and feel like I have something to offer every new setting I consult with or provide training to. You need to understand what specific challenges a setting is facing before you can apply any form of training or advise effectively. If you don't do that the training can be very blunt, it can be banal, and not truly impactful. Context is so important if you want to really have impact.
Life Before Training
Before working in partnership with Milestone Education, I worked as a Headteacher for 15 years, and was Director of Education in both the public and private sectors. I act as an executive coach for head teachers and work with schools, Local Authorities and Multi-Academy Trusts on development, improvement and strategic leadership.
What key information about SEND should education staff be aware of?
It's interesting to see how much has changed in Special Educational Needs over the last 10-20 years, but also how many things remain the same. A principle I've always adhered to is that the individual should be at the very centre of our thinking when developing SEND plans. When we remember to place the child at the centre, we can start to figure out what will aid them, what will assist them, and what will offer them their best life. Evidence based practice and approaches are essential.
I am a qualified and experienced Headteacher (NPQH). I have a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and I also have a Doctorate in Chemistry. I also have formal training in change management.
Alec is a charismatic trainer, that brings real experiences to the delivery of his training. Having led a number of settings, he has a unique perspective to offer advice and support to a wide range of needs.
Our staff often look forward to Alec's training and we would recommend any organisation to look into the support he may be able to offer.