our associates

Each of our associates has years of excellence in practice, using the theory and research that underpins our training and consultancy to inform their own work.

They come from a variety of backgrounds: foster care, early years, teaching, therapy, social work, psychology, health and justice. Many of them have moved between disciplines, as their interests have taken them in different directions. What they all offer is a wealth of practical experience, both in direct work with vulnerable people, and in sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others.

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Interested in becoming an associate?

If you have a commitment to sharing transformative knowledge with those who work with children and families, and experience of training or consultancy as well as direct work, then becoming an associate with KCA may appeal.

For more information or to express your interest, please contact us. We will then review your CV, discuss your experience and explore the potential for working together.

Hilary Smith

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Hilary has been a Programme Leader on the Primary and Early Years PGCE and contributed to the development and management of Bath Spa University's outstanding teacher education provision. Hilary supported staff in ensuring innovative and high quality practice and experiences for the students (Bath Spa Teachers), and was in close partnership and collaboration with schools and early years settings.

She had a leading role in coordinating both the Early Years and SEN/D specialisms, and in managing marking and assessments. A prominent aspect of her work was in developing and supporting our teacher education partnerships, in particular: School Direct routes, Teach First (with Bristol University), Troops to Teachers (with Brighton University) and our local School Cluster models.

Her teaching career spans more than thirty years, much of this time was as a classroom teacher in primary schools and early years settings, and as an Early Years Behaviour Consultant for Bristol Local Authority. She has particular expertise in: Learning Behaviour; Inclusion and SEN/D; and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Hilary has provided personalised provision for Bath Spa Teachers on behaviour issues and all aspects of children's social, emotional and mental health. She is a recognised national school leader in behaviour and attendance (NPSLBA). Hilary has a special interest in emotional well-being and resilience, attachment awareness and emotion coaching. Her research profile reflects key aspects of social and emotional learning and development, for both children and adults. Hilary is a qualified teacher coach and provides training on counselling skills, emotion coaching, attachment awareness and restorative approaches in schools and early years settings.