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.
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.
Sheila has enjoyed a wide-ranging and successful career combining her constantly-developing knowlege and expertise in both health care and education. In both of these areas she has worked particularly with vulnerable children and children with special needs in a variety of age groups and settings, and with those who care for them and teach them. Sheila's management experience within local authorities has latterly been as a leader in Virtual Schools for Children and Young People in Care. In this role she has devised effective strategies to manage maladaptive behaviour and reduce exclusions, and to equip teachers and carers with an understanding of key influences of attachment experience, trauma, and other adverse childhood experiences which impair the ability to develop self-regulation. Many of these insights have featured in Sheila's 2017 book, Overcoming Barriers to Learning, and in published articles in the national press. In their spare time, Sheila and her family enjoy hosting students from around the world and helping them to improve their understanding of the English language and culture.
- 2018–Present: Interim Deputy Head Teacher, Virtual School, LB Brent
- 2016–2017: Head Teacher, Virtual School, LB Lambeth
- 2015–2016: Executive Head Teacher, Virtual School, Southend-on-Sea
- 2015–2015: Consultant to Virtual Schools, Bedford and LB Lambeth
- 2014–2014: Tutor, Medical Needs Team, LB Barnet
- 2010–2013: Virtual School Head Teacher, Milton Keynes LA
- 2007–2010: Inclusion Support Officer, Bedfordshire
- 2006–2007: Liaison Manager, Behaviour Improvement Project, Bedfordshire
- 2005–2006: SENCO, Oak Bank School (SEMH), Leighton Buzzard
- 2004–2005: Head Teacher, Sedgemoor College, Bedford
- 1990–2004: Lecturer/Course Leader,Care Management, Bedford College
- 1987–1990: Registered Childminder
- 1984–1987: Health Visitor, Bedford Health Authority
- 1981–1983: Staff Nurse, Bedford Hospital
- CELTA, English Language House, 2012
- Mentor Training/Training the Trainers, Liverpool Excellence University Partnership, 2006
- PGCE, Greenwich University, 2002
- Assessor and Verifier Awards D 30 - 33, Bedford College, 2002
- BA (Honours), Open University, 1988
- Registered Health Visitor, Stevenage College, 1983
- RGN, RVI Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1981
- Overcoming Barriers to Learning – Worth Publishing, Duffield, 2017