Whilst experiencing headship in 5 schools over 25 years , and now leadership from another position as CEO of Excelsior multi-academy -trust, Hazel has always been interested and active in practice with respect to children’s well being , mainly through equality of opportunity and equalities of life. All of Hazel’s schools have been in areas of ethnic diversity, and the BLM world-wide protests this summer have confirmed for her that there is a great deal more to be done. Surely real community cohesion can only work when everyone has a voice, feel they belong, and see themselves as represented. Now we have an opportunity to ask questions of ourselves and schools, to challenge our thinking and approaches.
Excelsior are seen as lead practitioners in Personal Development, and have secured the expertise of Andrew Moffat MBE, to lead in this area MAT wide. Through Andy’s planned assemblies using current affairs and bespoke lessons focusing on difference and diversity, the equality ethos is buoyant and endemic in all Excelsior schools.
Andy’s work is now attracting world- wide interest and presently 90Nil0+ educational establishments have requested the Excelsior weekly newsletter which focuses on supporting children’s well being through positive stories and assemblies which demonstrate resilience and hope for the future. As schools we need to be agents of hope for our children, families and staff.