Hayley McDonnell

SMSC Consultant


With over twenty years teaching experience and 15 years in middle management I have risen to the challenge and embraced opportunities among a myriad of educational and school changes to successfully build lead and develop several successful departments. My particular area of expertise is in and around RE/RS and SMSC. Throughout my teaching career I have continued to support the necessity to have SMSC and related subjects regarded as not just and academic subject but one which serves the whole child. I passionately believe that SMSC when is placed inside the curriculum and not considered as a mandatory "add-on" the benefits for the learning and development of the individual are always positive.

At the core of my teaching I ensure students are developed and challenged as individuals to fulfill their own academic progress and character development. The same applies to those members of staff I have line-managed and coached to fulfill their own career aspirations. I take great pride in seeing children as individuals and have worked hard to support and guide anyone and everyone I have had responsible for. I appreciate the holistic nature of education and the pressures that it brings to all.

I have predominantly worked in Grammar schools in the North West with experience in maintained schools also. I have worked alongside Liverpool John Moores University, MMU , Edge Hill University both supporting and training student teachers who have made their own excellent progress in their careers.

I developed a link with Lancaster University and Professor Brian Black of the PRE department where we collaborated on a project bringing Hinduism resources through innovative teaching and learning into schools at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

I was awarded a Best Practice Research Scholarship through Manchester University and worked on a project with Dr Liam Gearon as my mentor, focusing on the value of Citizenship in Secondary Education.

I have excellent communication skills, a flair for planning and organisation, and a creative and inquisitive focus to see solutions rather than problems.

I am currently writing a book for leaders and teachers with a responsibility for SMSC provision to support, and guide them with the new Ofsted focus of Intent, Implementation and Impact. My aim is to provide readers with a framework of how to get "outstanding" under the new criteria but challenge it with how to make their SMSC provision meaningful for students and whole school ethos.

Looking for Beta readers for the first draft ready in Feb 2020.

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