with paul and his team
The home of relational practice
Every project is different, everything we do is bespoke. If you want to choose a package, you can. It will still be bespoke. If you prefer to book step-by-step we can do that too. Paul will talk to you about your objectives and how we can help when you meet for a virtual hot chocolate. He will help you structure the project, advise you on the next steps and select the trainer who is the best fit.
The training team have worked together for many years. They are steeped in relational practice as teachers and leaders. This is the A-Team. The very best behaviour specialists I know. Each with their own style, sharing the same values with incredible experience across all settings. Trauma informed, attachment aware and champions of children. I am in awe of each one of them.
Behaviour specialist, author, education reformer and advisor. Helping teachers and headteachers across the world with transformational relational behaviour practice.
As a teacher, leader and teacher trainer Paul has been working with the most difficult behaviours in the most challenging contexts for the last 27 years. Miraculously Paul studied at Homerton College Cambridge after countless attempts to sabotage his own education. He is a speaker in high demand engaging huge audiences in practical ways to transform their classrooms, relationships and schools. Paul also works with Leadership Teams to create seismic shifts in culture and behaviour.
Paul fell in love with teaching while working as a Teaching Assistant after leaving school. Teaching both inspired and drew him in due to the creativity, the variety and the cohort after cohort of utterly brilliant children he encountered.
Paul has delivered training and spoken on large stages all over the world, advised the English Department for Education on Teacher Standards, given evidence to the Education Select Committee and carried out extensive work with the Ministry of Justice on Behaviour and Restraint in Youth Custody.
His book When The Adults Change, Everything Changes published in 2017 by Crown House has sold more than 120,000 copies. The follow up After the Adults Change was released last year and has been a best-seller on Amazon.
Paul is currently writing a new Parenting book for Penguin Random House. He works internationally on Behaviour, Culture and School Reform and Tweets on @PaulDixTweets.
Trainer and Coach
Hannah is an experienced School Improvement Consultant, Coach & Trainer. She specialises in Behaviour, SEMH & SEND, and works nationally and internationally supporting Schools (early years to FE, & Special/AP settings), Local Authorities & Trusts in reviewing, implementing, and developing cultural change, policy, systems and provision.
Hannah is known for her inspirational & charismatic training, combining her warmth as a person, passion for school improvement, served with a large portion of ‘realness’ and lived experience. As an Adviser and Coach Hannah is a valued and sought- after critical friend and para-professional. Her empathetic approach, delivered with honesty, underpinned with expertise & knowledge means she has supported many educational settings in whole school change as well as individual progression.
Having been in Education for 20 years, Hannah has worked at Local Authority Consultancy level for the National Strategies, as an Adviser for Achievement For All, as Senior Leader in several secondary schools, and most recently as Acting Principal at an Alternative Provision in the centre of Birmingham. She has ‘walked the walk’ on all she delivers, and has certainly used the many mistakes she has made as learning points in her career!
Hannah is a highly regarded Coach, and works with senior and middle leaders as well as teaching and support staff. As a qualified SENCo Hannah is able to guide and support whole school implementation & change alongside reviews and advice on nuanced and targeted therapeutic provision, monitoring and strategy.
Alongside this Hannah is an Evidence Lead in Education for the EEF & Staffordshire Research School. Her effectiveness in school improvement is driven by research informed systems and strategy. She advises on, and delivers, the Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Learners and Effective Learning Behaviours programmes
Hannah is an associate of Optimus Education as an Adviser & Verifier for the SEND & Inclusion Award & Leading Parent Partnership Award. She also delivers training & consultancy for AC Education on Attachment, Trauma & therapeutic provision.
Hannah’s school improvement expertise and bespoke support are further enhanced by being an Emotion Coach licensee, Thrive Practitioner, MITA/MPTA licensee, Mental Health First Aider & qualified Life Coach.
Trainer and Coach
Tara is passionate about teacher wellbeing and uses the theories of Positive Psychology to inform her work with clients. She is thrilled to have been accepted on the Positive Psychology Masters at the University of East London. Tara is currently lecturing at the University of East London in Education and she is enjoying the renaissance of her company Star Performance which delivers training, confidence coaching and fitness training. Tara appreciates and celebrates the individual, their differing backgrounds, cultures, experiences, perceptions and values. Moreover, it is her genuine excitement about education and wellbeing that stimulates the experience in her sessions.
Tara is a trainer, leader, lecturer and educator. Tara is renowned for her engaging training delivery both face-to-face and virtually. Her performance background alongside her passion for supporting individuals and organsiation to flourish and thrive characterise her delivery style.
Tara has 20 years teaching experience working with a wide range of students from inner city to international private schools. During that time she has led thriving departments as a Head of Department and Head of Faculty. Whilst teaching Tara created programmes to improve boy’s achievement and support successful transitions from primary to secondary school. She has led on Behaviour teams and Teaching and Learning teams. As well as mainstream achievements Tara has worked closely with Pupil Referral Units to develop student centered Behaviour Management Strategies.
Tara uses her diverse experience to drive her empathetic and dynamic training style. She looks at the whole school approach and works with all adults involved in a learner’s educational experience, from support staff to management. Tara is renowned for her engaging INSET. Her performance background and passion for student-centered education characterise her delivery style.
Trainer and Coach
Steve taught in Sheffield for seventeen years before joining Wakefield LA as their Behaviour and Attendance consultant. He then moved to the National Strategies in a cross-phase role as Regional Adviser for Behaviour, Attendance and SEAL in Yorkshire and the Humber. Since 2011 Steve has been a freelance trainer and consultant.
He has been delivering behaviour training for schools, F.E. Colleges and other organisations since 2003, most recently spending five years as a senior trainer with Pivotal Education.
Steve is known for his passionate, inspiring, and hugely engaging style of presentation. He is equally at home ‘around the table’ with primary and secondary senior leadership teams, supporting them to link the big strategic messages to everyday practice in classrooms and beyond.
He has twenty years experience as a behaviour coach, working in classrooms alongside staff, developing their capacity to lead behaviour effectively. He also enjoys working with classroom-based and other support staff, enabling them to find their voice and role within a positive whole-school approach.
Steve has addressed and chaired an number of behaviour conferences, has made well-received contributions to Local Authority and head teachers’ conferences, and has written on behaviour for a range of organisations including The Times Educational Supplement, Optimus Education, Forum Business and Public Policy Exchange.
Trainer and Coach
From working in education for many years, Dan’s experience has led him from holding leadership roles in both the secondary and primary sector, notwithstanding a vast experience working in various education units in adolescent residential social care. Dan held the role of Principal for five years at a large inner city primary school and has used the ethos and values of our work to achieve and sustain a positive educational culture within his school.
In addition to Dan’s work as an independent education consultant, he is a regular columnist for a number of publications sharing his views and guidance on leadership, school culture and teaching and learning. Further to this written work, he regularly speaks both nationally and internationally about leadership and organisational culture to a wide range of audiences.
Trainer and Coach
Raymond began his career in education in the 1970s as a teenage flute tutor before becoming an English teacher. He was a head of department in three secondary schools and a Deputy Head Teacher before becoming a lecturer on one of Europe’s largest postgraduate teacher education programmes. For the last twenty years, he has worked on behaviour and ethos with thousands of student teachers and a host of schools from Shetland to Watford, and since leaving the university sector in 2017 he has been an independent consultant as well as a trainer with Pivotal Education. He also teaches part time at a fantastic school in Glasgow.
Raymond’s philosophy of education is deceptively simple but incredibly demanding: young people – their knowledge and experiences, their skills and abilities, their dreams and fears – are the starting point of what we do. He is an enthusiastic believer in student centred approaches that first ask young people what they think, and is committed to relational and restorative practices in pastoral care.
He is a volunteer mentor for vulnerable teenagers in his local authority and has been a public advocate for the awareness of men’s mental health. He was formerly National Coordinator for the Scottish Association for the Teaching of English (SATE).
Away from work, Raymond is a Scottish Arts Council award and BAFTA winning writer. His interests include music, theatre and books, and he has a passion for hill walking in Scotland with his partner and, whenever possible, their beloved miniature cockapoo, Nellie.
Trainer and Coach
Anjum Peerbacos, an experienced teacher, has taught in schools in London for twenty years. Anjum has also been involved in advising the Chinese government on implementing creativity and alternative curriculums for students across the ability spectrum. Her experience has spanned from teaching children of underprivileged backgrounds and placing them at Oxbridge and Russell group universities, her ability to see the potential in all the young people throughout her career has ensured that students have fought the odds and go on to fulfil their potential, beyond even their own ambitions. A recent student has just interned as the first female Somali intern at Number 10 Downing street.
Anjum has developed and delivered materials for schools to use on Islamophobia. Anjum has recently written for TES (Times Education Supplement), Huffington Post, Open Democracy, The Metro and The Daily Mirror. A recent project has been devised through the Institute of Education and University College London titled ‘Dwelling Together’. Other work has also included co-founding AVOW (Advancing the Voices of Women), and also Hijabi Half Hour podcasts, ITV and LBC news interviews alongside BBC Radio Asian Network discussions. Anjum also hosts a show called ‘Teacher Soundbites’ on Teacher Hug Radio. The show discusses key topics and issues in education, topics discussed so far have been COVID in the classroom, exams not exams, mental health, representation in education and also teacher workload.
Trainer and Coach
John is an experienced teacher and Headteacher who has worked across a number of schools in his career which has led him to have huge drive, great experience and an enormous passion for education. He is passionate about the importance of building positive relationships to drive outstanding behaviour in adults and children. John is also a strong advocate for trauma informed, relational and restorative practice and believes that mainstream education should be a place for all children. His work has proved that a well established positive ethos and culture in which all children and staff are valued is vital in creating the right climate for children to feel safe and secure and ultimately successful in everything they do. John strongly believes that happy children learn.
John now works across a Trust of 10 schools in the South East of England as well as supporting leaders on the NPQ programmes including the NPQH. In addition, he has a proven track record of supporting schools across the country to establish a vision to ensure that children and staff can be the best that they can be.
John’s work has been recognised nationally and has twice been a Silver Award Winner in the Pearson National Teaching awards, once as Headteacher of the Year and the second for Primary School of the Year.
Trainer and Coach
Tony has been a teacher and school leader for over 33 years. He began teaching in Poplar East London and immediately realised he was drawn to and really enjoyed working with children who are challenging. He is fascinated by human behaviour and is constantly learning more about it.
After leaving school at 16 and trying lots of jobs he was terrible at, Tony trained as a Teacher in Liverpool. He then started as a classroom teacher, initially in Geography and later Psychology. He has worked as an Advisory Teacher for Tower Hamlets Behaviour Support Team, been a SENCo in two mainstream secondary schools and Pastoral Deputy Head, DSL and Inclusion lead.
Tony’s last role was as Headteacher of a PRU in the South-West of England. This was an extremely exciting opportunity to design a new school steeped in relational and Trauma Informed practice, from the furniture to the policies and practices. OFSTED described it as a “safe haven for its pupils”.
Tony now works as a trainer and consultant working with a range of providers and is still fascinated by behaviour and human relationships. He is passionate about improving opportunities and life chances for all young people. Tony has worked with Senior Teams to build behaviour policy and practice at whole school level, as well as supporting Local Authorities in their Inclusion Strategy.
Outside school Tony loves Rugby, although now too old to play and it hurts too much when he does. He loves the outdoors and the odd wild swim.
Client Services Manager
Charlotte has spent the last 20 years helping to launch global technology businesses whilst following her passion for psychology and mental health in her own time.
She has studied to study psychology and mental health throughout her career, most recently completing a PhD in Mental Health Science at the University of London sharing her work in a variety of settings to help a variety of adults better support and understand young people that have experienced acute trauma.
In her work life, Charlotte has worked with some of the fastest growing businesses in the world, leading on business commercialisation, brand development and financial growth.
As Client Services Manager at When The Adults Change, Charlotte is able to combine both ‘head and heart’. She enjoys working with schools to understand the nuances of their culture, their adults and their learner behaviour. She helps design specific training programmes and solutions for various clients local authorities, MATs and alternative provisions.
When she isn’t working or studying, Charlotte is mum to 3 children and (almost) wife to Tony.
Qualified in business and chartered management, Jack has worked with the world’s biggest manufacturing & logistics businesses across the country. He’s managed buildings & helped them to coordinate training, manage teams, & lead projects to innovate and grow.
He has a keen eye for organising, logistics, and technical detail. Joining WTAC means Jack can support clients through their journey from start to finish, planning workshops and answering all queries along the way, providing a superb experience. He also supports with web design and finance.
Outside work, Jack loves spontaneous trips abroad to complete extreme sports (usually jumping off tall things) and physical challenges like Olympic triathlons.