He trained and worked as a primary school teacher in Nottingham, before moving to the Cotswold Community in Wiltshire where he worked for eight years. He trained as an Ofsted inspector in 2002, and now regularly leads inspections in independent, primary and special schools. He is an accredited School Improvement Partner, with experience of working with a wide variety of schools in this capacity. In 2011 Andy was designated a National Leader in Education and the school has been recognised as a National Support School. Now that the Mulberry Bush is also a National Teaching School Andy heads up our School to School support work.
Fiona Dall, Head Teacher, BA (Hons), PGCE, Nurture Group Network leader, MA (Ed), National Professional Qualification for Headship
Fiona has worked at the Mulberry Bush school since 1996 when she first joined as a supply teacher.
After time spent working in different classes and in the houses Fiona became the classroom teacher of the Foundation class in 2000. Fiona continued to work with Foundation children becoming Head of Foundation with responsibility for two Foundation classes. In 2009 Fiona became a class based Deputy Head of Education but, in 2014, moved out of the classroom to take responsiblity for the running of the Education Day. In October 2016 Fiona was appointed as Head Teacher of the Mulberry Bush School.
Claire McCarthy, Head of Group Living, BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science, Pg Dip in the Theory, Practice & Psychodynamics of Residential Care, Level 6 Leadership & Management, Grad. Cert. in Systemic Family Therapy
Claire has worked with children, adolescents and families in community and residential settings for over 24 years.
In 1992 she worked part-time as a Youth worker in Northamptonshire, volunteered at a young offenders institute and worked with brain injured adults in the community. Later she began working at the Peper Harow Foundation at Thornby Hall Therapeutic Community (which subsequently was taken over by Childhood First) for emotionally traumatised children.
Having begun as a therapeutic care worker, she progressed to team leader and went on to become assistant director at Thornby Hall.
During her career she has taken a lead on collaborative projects working with different LA teams including therapeutic fostering, family support and adoption support.
Angus Burnett, Referrals and Partnerships Manager, PG Dip. Dramatherapy, MA in Therapeutic Child Care
Angus has worked for over twenty years with emotionally damaged children and adolescents in a wide variety of settings.
He began at the Cotswold Community in 1989 which gave him the opportunity to work alongside pioneers such as Barbara Dockar-Drysdale, Eric Miller and Isobel Menzies-Lyth. He is skilled in understanding and working with the inner worlds of children, families, staff and the dynamics of organisations. He has consulted and delivered training to, amongst others, Inner London Schools. As well as working with families and professionals who have children placed at The Mulberry Bush, Angus works with various organisations and local authorities to help develop innovative practise within the sector.
Jennifer Browner, Head of Therapies and Networks Team, M.A.C.P, BA (Hons), MSc
Jennifer has worked at the school since 2008. She began her career as a teacher of children with special needs, working in therapeutic schools and state special schools before going on to work in a residential therapeutic community for traumatised boys.
During and after her training as a psychotherapist, she worked in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Since then, she has worked in therapeutic residential units and foster care agencies, before joining the Mulberry Bush. She has particular interests in the ways that psychodynamic thinking can be applied in a residential environment and in working creatively with families in difficulty.
Dave Roberts, Head of The Mulberry Bush Outreach Teaching School, Dip. SW, BA (Hons.), MA in Therapeutic Child Care
A qualified Social Worker, Dave has worked in residential child care since the early 1990s. He became head of the training department in 2006 and has led the Mulberry Bush to two National Training Awards, in 2007 and 2012.
He was integral in developing the ‘Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People’, with the University of the West of England, for which he is programme leader. He has developed a range of training programmes that he has delivered across the UK and Europe and facilitates reflective practice sessions for professionals from across Oxfordshire.
Behaviour Support for Schools and Professionals helping those who help others. National Specialist Outreach for Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMHD).
By improving the life chances and social inclusion of traumatised children and young people, we create long-term benefits to society by reducing anti-social behaviour and its impact on families, schools and communities.
Our free alliance whose aim is to share knowledge about therapeutic care for children and young people, and to support the use of reflective practice and research, in order to improve service quality and ensure excellent outcomes.
Our Award Winning Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People is now open for applicants to start in September 2018. This successful two-year level 5 qualification uses work-based learning to support practitioners to develop their therapeutic understanding and practice.