Pete Hardy trained for primary and taught for almost 25 years in secondary school teaching Humanities, as Head of Careers and Personal and Social Education, and finally Head of Special Needs Education, Co-ordinator of Special Needs provision (SENCO) at both Portland School , Worksop and its associated Family of Schools. Pete still works in a local secondary academy mentoring students in the Behaviour for Learning department. Currently his work takes him into almost 20 schools across all Key Stages. Pete meets staff and pupils in whole school, class and small group situations. His time is spent in the Nottinghamshire Authority but he also works in some schools in Derbyshire and has worked further afield on request.
On any day you may find Pete (deep breath):
In assembly, in discussions with a Head Teacher listening to concerns or planning for the future, with staff devising curriculum or planning input for initiatives which come across our corporate door; in class working on any issue from leading a song-writing session, speaking on working in Romania, representing local church in school communities, joining a group on a trip (so far he has been to Paris as well as numerous places in the UK), in the staff room listening to staff and trying to be supportive in what is, by anyone’s reckoning, a stressful and demanding workplace.
The work is firmly founded on relationships. Often staff promoted to headship have then taken Pete with them to the new school.
It’s not children’s work, or youth work, it’s a strange and wonderful grace work!