He also has experience of feeling the strain of modern education and supporting staff during challenging times. He has seen how embracing the Art of Brilliance can change lives – for adults and children.
Throughout a 25-year career in primary schools (including 8 as headteacher) Paul was convinced of the need to prioritise emotional health and well-being – and frustrated by the lack of action and progress. He came to the Art of Brilliance through a local schools’ partnership in 2013 and was immediately smitten by the simplicity and potential of the idea. He went on to play a leading role in ensuring the success of the local project, culminating in a life-affirming appearance as “The Squidiot Headteacher” on the streets of Newbury.
Paul managed to weave the Brilliant message into the everyday life of the school he led. Pupils played a leading role as they worked to develop new ways to share the message, promote positivity and celebrate success. He also nurtured an incredible group of Brilliant parents who supported the staff and children in their quest to be the very best versions of themselves, and to enjoy successful and rewarding relationships and achievements.
His personal experience in school leadership and with mental health challenges provide a rich source of material to back up his sessions. Through a combination of practical examples, real stories and good humour he can help you work out where you are and what you need to do to bring brilliance to your school and community. His work will be equally valuable to pupils needing help to get started, staff looking to feel better and do more, or parents aiming to be more positive supporters of your school and children.