CLF Designated Safeguarding Lead
“I love having the opportunity to network and become part of the bigger picture”
I joined Bristol Metropolitan Academy as a Student Support Based Coordinator (2009), and was then promoted to Inclusion Manager. Coming from a non-teaching background this was a significant change and a great opportunity, as previously a Teacher always undertook the role.
I have never gone to University and have no A levels, but I have been given so much opportunity to progress within the Federation, which I don’t think would have happened in any other company. When I joined the Federation in 2009, the Principal at the time met with me and asked me what my personal goals, dreams and interests were.
As part of this we spoke about an off-site provision for education, called Engage. I was asked to investigate this and present a proposal on how this would work practically. I was given the opportunity to go forward with my ideas and from initially talking about it, six weeks later we opened the provision, which is still running now. The Principal invested his time in me, and together we worked towards achieving this goal.
The Federation supported me in completing the internally run Senior Leaders course and shortly after I was seconded to lead Safeguarding across the Federation. A role of which I later secured permanently, and still hold. I do not think I would have been supported to develop and succeed in my career anywhere else to the extent I have at the Federation.
The best thing about my current role is the people I work with. All our staff are dedicated people, who want to provide the best support for young people. I love having the opportunity to network and become part of the bigger picture, not just the Federation but within Bristol as I sit on the Bristol Children Safeguarding Board and the e-safety sub group. I have every opportunity to impact and influence the Safeguarding agenda within our Federation as well as within Bristol.
The Federation provides colleagues with the opportunity to progress, learn and develop, and feel supported in doing so. I have worked in a standalone school, but having the support of the Federation is invaluable. If you need advice and support, there is always someone that you can call to bounce ideas around with and to agree the best approach to manage any given situation.