Dr Matt Stevens, Principal, Saracens High School

‘I was fortunate to have James as my leadership coach as part of a course to prepare me for headship. His relentless positivity and energy, combined with his outstanding knowledge and experience, helped me develop my strategic leadership capabilities and gave me confidence to take the next step in my career.

James is the perfect coach; he helped to guide through my decision making and encouraged me to reflect on my own leadership. From a practical perspective he also supported me with applications and my performance at interview. Without James’ coaching I doubt I would be in the position I am now.”

Jay Davenport, Principal, Manor School Sports College, part of the Nene Education Trust

“James has been invaluable to our school improvement journey. As a school that is ‘good’ but wanting to be great, James is able to provide insightful analysis and challenge of what we do; working with us to unlock the next phase of our development. As an individual, James is a talented presenter and coach using his expertise as both a teacher and leader to facilitate impact at all levels of our organisation.
Whether through coaching leaders and teachers, challenging our thinking on our provision in a specific area, or working with us on longer term projects, James provides an exceptional, professional service. I look forward to continuing to work with James and Flywheel Learning as we progress.”

Rachael Warwick, Executive Headteacher, Ridgeway Education Trust

“I have been delighted with James’ work for our Trust. He is an adept coach, a skilled facilitator and an inspirational presenter. Working with a range of middle and senior leaders across our Trust in these different roles, James is developing the leadership capacity and quality of our schools and creating a real impact in this work.

I cannot recommend James highly enough and look forward to an ongoing relationship with James and Flywheel Learning.”

Tiann Madden, DTSA Strategic Lead

“James has delivered the Aspiring Senior Leaders programme and the New to Middle Leadership programmes for the Dacorum Teaching School Alliance as well as workshops on Effective Appraisal. He is an experienced, knowledgeable and engaging presenter who inspires his audiences. His courses have the right balance of theory and practical application to instil confidence in delegates. He consistently receives outstanding feedback from the delegates; they leave feeling refreshed and energised to implement the skills and knowledge acquired from his session. I would highly recommend James and I am looking forward to being able to host many more of his courses.”

Dan Leonard, Headteacher, West Hatch High School

“James is an extremely experienced and forward thinking leader who has successfully supported me to make the step up from Deputy to Headteacher. James has been a very effective coach, able to draw thoughts and feelings out of me that I wasn’t aware of, through incisive and probing questioning.

James has used his knowledge and experience to help guide but also his skills as a coach to help me explore a variety of options when deciding on a course of action. I would highly recommend James for any role supporting leaders.”