A Little About Me &
How Kaleidoscope Colour Therapy Came to Be
Dear Colleagues, Parents and Carers
Thank you for your interest in finding out more about Kaleidoscope Therapy. Kaleidoscope is a practical programme designed to support the mental health and well-being of all children in schools, settings and at home.
Back in the early 2000s I was a pioneer in establishing the awareness of children’s mental health and well-being into the curriculum of mainstream schools. I then went on to become the founder, trainer and director of ‘Kaleidoscope Colour Therapy’ and over the years I have combined Kaleidoscope with all my other ‘Education Management’ roles. Kaleidoscope is a cocktail of all my life and work experiences.
I led my last school team from an authority review ranking of ‘serious weaknesses’ when I arrived in 2010 to an Ofsted judgement of Outstanding in 2013. In 2017 I retired from headship to once again concentrate on my passion to help children flourish against a backdrop of immense pressures and uncertainties in our society today. I work with both adults and children, mainly supporting schools with children’s mental health and well-being. My aim is to help children to be able to access learning, allowing them to flourish as happy, healthy human beings. This cannot be achieved in isolation without also supporting the well-being of their teachers, carers and parents.
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
After training in theatre and drama alongside primary school teaching, my first teaching position took me to Milton Keynes where I lived and worked in the field of education for 30 years before returning to my Yorkshire roots in 2010. Over that time, I was a class teacher in all phases of mainstream education from Nursery through to Year 7, including managing the Hospital School at Milton Keynes General Hospital. Many of these schools were in inner-city social deprivation areas but I also worked in the very leafy suburbs too.
I spent several years supporting children with emotional, attachment and anxiety issues. In addition to this, I studied Child Psychology with Margot Sunderland at the Children’s Mental Health Institute in London. Having completed a Counselling Skills Certificate course, I went on to study the Human Givens approach to emotional and mental health.
In 2005 I become a Senior Education Officer for Early Years in Milton Keynes. Staying abreast with national educational initiatives and policies, I gained accreditation as a School Improvement Partner, supporting fifteen Primary schools in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire. I also have supported the management of both maintained and non-maintained nurseries in Kirklees.
Alongside my work in education, I trained for three years, in my own time, to become a fully qualified ‘Colour Therapist.’ This work involves the psychology of colour, as used in advertising, coding and the impact of coloured light upon our brain, nervous system and our endocrine system.