Examples of past training, projects, conferences and helping young people 'Make A Difference' :-

Bounce Back Be Happy (Resilience- Keep Going!)

As an ex-Primary School Headteacher, Helen has had a lifelong passion to help young people in the North East of England aspire and improve their life chances. In 2009, in her role with Newcastle City Council (School Improvement Adviser for Leadership and Workforce Development), she organised the regional North East Conference ‘Bounce Back Be Happy’ with the Positive Psychology Team at Northumbria University, Newcastle and Jane Anderson, Gateshead Council. For this event, she wrote her first book, 'Bounce Back Be Happy'.
Shortly after this, Helen was fortunate to organise a British Council Study Trip to Melbourne to research optimism and resilience in schools and community projects in Melbourne for 10 aspiring Headteachers. The group were inspired by the work they saw at the ‘Foundation for Youth Community Project: ‘are you Making A Difference?’ as well as the values driven 'Character Education' programme in schools. At the private school, Geelong Grammar, pupils studied Positive Psychology and the Headteacher had an aspiration for every child to become a future global leader.

ruMAD2? (are you Making A Difference too?)

Inspired to help children in the North East, she then organised a collaboration of twelve NE local authorities to fund a project with the North East Regional Training and Development Agency (TDA), to help develop aspirations of children in 1500 schools through School Workforce training and development. 
Helen became interested in the use of specific language and coaching questioning. Helen used these skills to embed 'empowerment' into teaching and learning pedagogy . 
With Elaine Drainville, Sunderland University Media Department, the ruMAD2? (are you Making A Difference too?’) training artefacts (map, film and website) were created.  

Like the Headteacher at Geelong Grammar, we wanted to see if we could help teachers in the North East promote good self-esteem, self-efficacy, social and psychological capital in pupils into every day lessons, not just in Citizenship lessons. 
Within the context of learning, Helen uses specialist research and expertise from three themes:-
a) Coaching leadership
b) Positive psychology
c) Language and Behaviour Profiling/NLP specialism

The materials were very well received at the 2009 TDA launch in Durham (92% excellent) and the 'ruMAD2?' project has influenced the practice of many educators in the North East and beyond (primary, secondary and university lecturers in Sunderland and Newcastle) . Once assimilated, it becomes part of every day teaching and life! 

Even Reception- aged children can learn to 'make a difference' (below):-

Engaging Reluctant Learners for Outstanding Teaching and Learning' Workshops: -

After leaving Newcastle City Council in 2011, Helen has trained numerous schools in the North East in how to improve Ofsted 'Teaching and Learning' Grades by  'engaging reluctant learners' using 'making a difference' pedagogy, positive psychology, leadership coaching, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and LAB (Language and Behaviour) Profiling communication techniques in everyday lessons. 

Pictured right, with support staff from Walkergate Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne. (See feedback below).

LAB Profile Workshops

Helen is a certified Trainer in 'Words that Change Minds' or LAB (Language and Behaviour Profiling). Useful for adults who work in stressful social settings to reduce conflict. Linked with advanced leadership coaching questions, learn some communication and language skills that help you engage, coach  and motivate other people more effectively, so that that they can, in turn, be more successful and 'make their own difference.

Imagine being able to really understand and motivate those most difficult people at work, at home or within your community!

See practical examples on 'Welcome,' 'Musicals', 'Past Projects', 'About Helen' and 'Engage.'

Suitable for School CPD -Support Staff, Teachers, Heads, also Parents, Grandparents, WI, Women's Groups, U3A, After School Clubs or discussion groups.

Contact 0775 172 3806 helen.walker@ymail.com to discuss talks, workshops and events. 

Feedback from Helen's work with schools:-

ruMAD2? Launch at North East Schools CPD Event, Radisson Hotel, Durham- 92% Outstanding

‘Targeted Interventions in Writing- Engaging SEN/ Disaffected Learners’, Newcastle Primary School :-

· Literacy Subject Leader- 'This course has inspired me to be more creative with my teaching and ask/ encourage the children to take ownership of their learning and make a difference.'

· Y6 TA- Found it inspiring and its opened my mind to using it more. (Familiar with programme already).

· PSA- Loved the the power of words and the importance of empowering (others) with words.

· Attendance Officer- Useful engaging ideas. Will be using this with some of my attendance work. Love the camper van!

· Y6 Teacher/ SLT- Really engaged the boys- they all want to be involved. (Familiar with programme already).

· Y3 TA- Total inspiration and very enlightening. Would like to start running through the programme with the Y3s. Thank you so much.

Feedback from 'Developing Outstanding Teaching and Learning- Developing Aspiration, Resilience and Optimism in the Disengaged', National NLP Conference, London:-

* Fantastic! Should have been longer- most interesting session of the day and most relevant. Primary School, Hull.

* Very interesting. Certainly transferable to Secondary. Academy, East Sussex

* Brilliant! Academy, East Sussex

* The conference was interesting but your workshop made it worth the journey! More time next time. Special School, Derby.

* Fantastic! Academy, Isle of Sheppey Academy

*  Outstanding presentation- very thought provoking! Kings Lynn Academy.

LSA Training Feedback:-


*Today has given me great ideas of how to make a difference with our children and become outstanding.

* Fab day!

* Really enjoyed the day- made me excited about our vision for the school. Useful information was shared.

* The course was very good, got me thinking, what is my passion and how can I achieve it and help my community and school (children).

* Great!

*Fab session Helen, thanks. Hopefully you will get an invite to the peace parade soon!

* Today has given me great ideas of how to make a difference with our children and become outstanding.

* Very impressive! Made us think very hard about what we can do together.

* Gave me a lot to think about.

* Great thank you.

* Thoroughly enjoyed this morning. A lot to think about to help develop myself and to enhance children.

* Very enjoyable session- have really enjoyed it.