Clare Thomas                      Tel: 01280 704604                      Mobile: 07584 865177                      Email: [email protected]

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Educational Associations

Working with professional bodies

This increasingly important area for all schools has been brought to a wider audience through major conference presentations, masterclasses, seminars and interactive workshops. These have included HMC,  the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), Society of Heads, University of Buckingham Department for Education and Mungo Dunnett Associates.


The topics covered have included;

- Communicating with parents

- Presentation skills

- Preparing your staff for effective communication

"I have worked several times with Clare, having come across her at the strong recommendation of a Head. She has an excellent understanding of what makes parents tick, but also how this transfers to specific and all-too-common areas of dissatisfaction and aggravation between parents and the school. She has a very appealing, but direct, method of demonstrating how conflicts can arise, and the techniques that are most effective in handling these difficult situations. Clare is an entertaining and extremely professional operator."                  

                                                                                                                                                                 Mungo Dunnett, Mungo Dunnett Associates

"Clare has made a very significant contribution to HMC Professional Development’s provision for Heads, senior leaders and teacher trainees over several years, and it is always a pleasure to work with her.  She has contributed to events as diverse as the HMC Annual Conference, our Deputy Heads’ Conference, the AGBIS/HMC/ISBA Heads, Governors and Bursars Conference, and HMC Teacher Training courses, and feedback from participants is consistently excellent.  Building rapport and effective relationships with parents is vital to everyone working in HMC schools, and professional development and training in this area and communications more widely are a key part of HMC’s CPD programme.  Clare delivers very high quality sessions, tailored to her audience and with a clear focus on the needs of teachers, leaders and support staff in independent schools. Crucially, her sessions are always purposeful and she provides delegates with practical strategies in these key areas of school life." 

                                                                                              Melanie Horsburgh, Director of Professional Development, HMC

"IAPS has regularly called upon Clare to deliver sessions. Clare speaks with knowledge, passion, humour and enthusiasm, engaging and interacting with delegates. Clare has covered issues such as managing relationships in school and having difficult conversations with staff/parents. Clare is an excellent facilitator and we have been pleased to engage her services."        

                                                                                                                                                                        Mark Brotherton,  Director of Education, IAPS.