I’m Adele Chilton, I offer educational consultancy. Welcome to my personal website, blog and portfolio. I am an educational consultant specialising in Science, Alternative Provision, Safeguarding, Behaviour and Change Management . Please read on to find details or my expertise and where I can offer solutions to your setting.
A little about me
My career began as a secondary school Science teacher in 2006. I have a creative edge and enjoy designing engaging materials for my students. Raising standards, has been my passion for years. I currently lead an alternative provision facility within an inner city school.
Although my primary specialism is Science, I diversified at an early stage in my career. I have developed numerous vocational courses, ranging from animal care to financial skills or forensic science. I am privileged to have developed a working farm at my school to be used as a profitable educational resource. When other schools and institutes took note of this, I began collaborating with school leaders. It was at this stage I realised my passion for leadership and driving positive change in the field of education.
behaviour change management with a trauma-led approach
Would you like to reduce exclusions, increase attendance or lead a culture change within your setting?
Nationally, most common reason for exclusion is Persistent disruptive behaviour. Whilst exclusions cannot be avoided, with an appropriate strategy in place exclusions may be reduced and in an ideal world, eliminated entirely. Trauma is complex and can result in behaviour which is not desirable in mainstream schools. The context of every school differs but there are solutions. The most effective involves the buy in of the entire staff body with specialists supporting where low level intervention fails. I have experience developing discrete alternative provisions, leading behaviour, managing seclusions to other sites and liaising with local authorities to get the most out of funding for vulnerable students.
Leadership Mentoring and coaching
For many years I mentored training Science teachers with great success. My emotional literacy allows me to get the best out of individuals. I stand by the phrase “if you want whats best for someone, tell them the truth. If you want something for yourself, tell them what they want to hear”. Mentoring can involve some incredibly positive and uplifting moments. However, if advice is not constructive, truthful and delivered with empathy, mentoring can lose its focus and be detrimental to development. My experience has allowed me to mentor staff at different levels of experience and seniority. Get in touch if you would like to implement a peer mentoring strategy or want to implement a coaching programme for your leadership team.
Consultancy: Educational Assessment
Do you require consultation on vocational or academic assessment?
I have over a decade of experience developing assessment materials for vocational subjects and creating assessments for Science in a workplace setting. Terminology, and strong subject pedagogy are key elements in this process. I possess both logical and creative capabilities enabling me to create Robust materials which perform well in practice and when quality assured. Accuracy in Chemistry assessment has allowed me to progress to the role of senior examiner for GCSE Chemistry. This role requires the scrutiny and quality assurance of the mark scheme and accurate monitoring of the assessment of 8 experienced examiners per paper.
Consultancy: INSET, training materials and departmental branding
As specialists we often know how to create visually engaging materials for our subject areas. As leaders, keen to convey an important serious matter to staff, we sometimes forget to add engaging visual design to our training, or the materials differ widely from one leader to another. I would like to help your leadership team brand your training materials and develop an engaging CPL calendar: clear, concise, succinct and successful. Alternatively, I offer a visual boost service where I may create engaging visuals or infographics for existing presentations.
In addition, departmental branding can play an important factor in developing a whole school ethos and conducive environment for learning. In particular, schools with higher levels of EAL or SEN students, the non-verbal environment. Colour schemes and symbols, help maintain a safe and peaceful place where learning can thrive. Staff are very creative and produce beautiful displays in their classrooms. Do all departments as a whole consider how their area offers inclusivity or are individual teachers expected to take ownership? Does the environment also reflect consistently in the training materials? I can provide guidance and support in departmental branding and give an iterative approach for improvement.
Thinking outside the box and outside the classroom
I have developed a school farm from scratch. Not all schools can accommodate such a provision in their grounds but there is usually some form of outdoor learning that can take place. Outdoor spaces can be utilised for therapy and intervention, as well as creative educational resources for many subjects. The cross-curricular links are limitless. If you have an outdoor space you would like to develop or require staff training on how to safely manage students in an outdoor space, please get in touch.
Personal life and goals
In my personal life I am the proud mother of two children. They are a daily reminder for me to remain positive, motivated and confident. I enjoy simplicity when seeking comfort, enjoying walks, running and reading. In 2015 I started my own blog writing about this new chapter in my life and discovered a love of writing and research for content on the web. I have left a guest post I wrote on this blog but now moved my content to niche sites. The sites are listed in my portfolio.
Please contact me if you would like to either collaborate or hire me for the following services:
- Educational Consultancy for Science, Vocational subjects and Alternative Provision.
- Educational or corporate curriculum design
- Change Management
- Alternative provision consultancy
- Science and Vocational Subjects tutoring: KS3, KS4, KS5
- Outdoor learning development
- Public/motivational speaking
- Content writing
- Scientific content writing
- Curriculum development/staff training materials
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