Bea is a busy working mum of three young children and has a particular interest in the ways in which schools prioritise and enable young people and adults to develop the social and emotional competencies that are the foundation for learning.
A qualified primary teacher, Bea spent three years teaching in Peckham before joining Teach First to direct their work in East London. Working alongside university partners, early years settings, primary and secondary schools, she came to recognise the importance of staff wellbeing (particularly enabled through relationships) in creating emotionally healthy cultures, and she developed a national strategy for empowering Teach First mentors in schools to effectively support trainee teachers.
No stranger to how education and business can work together, Bea worked for Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (now known as The Switch) and also co-founded What's Cooking? a charity working with 11-16 year olds, running cafes in their communities.
As Head of Education at Family Links the Centre for Emotional Health, Bea runs the At School strand of our work. She really enjoys working alongside senior leadership teams in schools across the country - particularly in Oxfordshire, where Family Links has secured funding to work intensively and over a sustained period with education settings. In partnership with school staff, Bea and members of the Family Links education team facilitate discussions and lead workshops about how the emotionally healthy culture of their school can support and empower children and adults. As a steering group member for the Fair Education Alliance and the National Children’s Bureau Schools Wellbeing Partnership, she feeds back important aspects of this work into the national conversation.
Interested in the role that parents play in their children’s learning and the home learning environment, Bea is also undertaking a doctorate in Elective Home Education at Oxford Brookes University! She’s a keen runner and loves spending time in the great outdoors with her lovely family.
Bea would love to talk to you about how Family Links the Centre for Emotional Health could support your school or education setting. Drop her an email at email@example.com
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