Biography

Julia Pollock

The story so far…

I started my postgraduate career in sales and marketing, specialising in promoting the arts and working for touring and regional theatre companies in Lincolnshire, Humberside and Oldham. After a brief introduction to teaching in adult and community and work-based learning I joined a further education college as a lecturer in psychology and soon moved on to lead a highly successful Psychology department which was graded as outstanding, producing high quality outcomes for students from a wide range of backgrounds. I wrote a teachers resource manual “Psychology; a Professional's Guide” which was published by Hodder Educational.

I was an effective and inspirational Curriculum Manager leading on classroom observation, leadership development and dissemination of good practice and I trained with  Hull University to observe teaching and learning to Ofsted standards and give constructive feedback that supported teachers to improve.

I was appointed as the first Network Coordinator for the Yorkshire & Humberside Sixth Form Colleges. Running training events for eleven Colleges across the region and discovering my passion for 'training the trainers'.

As Assistant Principal in a Beacon College with a Queen’s Anniversary Award and a Rolls Royce Prize for Science I disseminated good practice to colleagues in schools, private training companies, further and higher education.

I have given keynote speeches and lectures at Sheffield Hallam and Lincoln Universities, Sunderland University Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training and for the Sixth Form Colleges Employers Forum.

Star Awards

In 2009 I received a LSIS STAR AWARD for Workforce Development where I was ‘Highly Commended’ for developing reflective appraisal systems and staff mentoring schemes.

As an Advanced Learning Coach I trained and supported Subject Learning Coaching to make sustainable improvements in classroom practice. I was appointed as an LSIS Regional Coaching Ambassador in 2011 and trained managers to adopt coaching models to bring out the potential of their teams and themselves.

I designed and led an ambitious Career Development Programme which supported staff at all levels to conduct action research to enhance their development. I was commissioned by the Centre for Excellence in Leadership to co-write a research paper on sustainable leadership development; “Smart Leadership; a Partner Approach to growing your own Leaders”

In 2012 I set up Cre@tive Leadership & Development to provide a range of bespoke training, leadership development and coaching services to the public sector. I am currently an Associate of the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region (ACER) and deliver training for them on Performance Management, Appraisal and Coaching. I work with a team of consultants to support Leadership and Management Development in colleges throughout the region.

I have delivered CPD courses for EMFEC, Hodder Educational, Philip Allen Updates and the British Psychological Society and designed and delivered Communications Skills training for the Science Learning Centre at Durham University. I work with Durham University School of Education on research into the impact of science practical work in schools and with Lincoln University School of Social Science on Graduate Employability.

I take regular assignments as an interim senior manager in Further Education Colleges and have a track record of working effectively with principals and senior teams to improve teaching, learning and assessment, either before or after inspection.

In my spare time…

I combine my work in education and skills with voluntary work in health. In 2012 I was invited to become a Trust Associate Manager for Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Trust where I hear appeals from patients who have been detained under the Mental Health Act. This involves regular training in Equality & Diversity, Safeguarding and Information Governance.

In the same year I was appointed as the very first Chair of Healthwatch North Lincolnshire, the local arm of the consumer body set up to champion the rights of patients, carers and the public in all matters relating to health and social care.

I still take a keen interest in theatre and community arts, teaching traditional dance and song and representing folk arts on the North Lincolnshire Arts Forum. I support charity fundraising for a number of local and national charities and recently ‘fire-walked’ for Lincolnshire House WISH Appeal.

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