Peer Support Works
11, Brunswick Terrace,
NETTA CARTWRIGHT BA., MA., Cert.Counselling., PGCE., PGCRE.
Netta, our principal consultant and trainer, graduated from Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Keele and Birmingham Universities, UK with BA and MA degrees, a PGCE, a Certificate in Counselling and a Post-graduate Certificate in Research in Education. She has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools and worked for Keele University as a TVEI(E) evaluator, and researcher in the areas of Bullying, Active Learning and Inclusion. She has been an advisor on equal opportunities for Staffordshire LEA and co-ordinator of equal opportunities at Walton High School where she was responsible for the development of successful anti-bullying polices. She has worked as school counsellor at King Edward VI High School, Stafford and Walton High School, Stafford. She was school counsellor at Longton High School, Stoke-on-Trent until September 2007. She is a teacher of Re-evaluation Counselling http://www.rc.org
Netta was the first teacher in the UK to innovate peer-counselling in 1985 and under her leadership Walton High School was one of the first schools to have a whole school Anti-bullying Policy in 1990. She has since then worked in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire, West and East Midlands, Birmingham, Liverpool , London and Brussels to set up and develop anti- bullying policies and peer counselling and support services. She has also worked for Centra http://www.centra.org.uk and other agencies as a consultant teaching counseling and anti-bullying courses for adults. As a member of the Stafford Project Against Racism in the Community (SPARC) Netta actively promoted projects in 6 secondary schools in Stafford.
Netta was one of the founder members of the Peer Support Forum which provided guidelines and a database for schools using peer support systems in the early days of the peer support movement. She is now an associate with the Peer Mentoring Network which has taken that role on further. With grants from Barclays New Futures she led two peer support and anti- bullying projects involving five Staffordshire schools. She led a similar project involving five high schools, one special school and a pupil referral unit in Tamworth. Recently she has worked with Youth Voice Peer Power as the co-ordinator of the Midlands Peer Support Network leading projects in six schools with national workshops and conferences for peer supporters in the UK. She has set up peer support in over 50 schools and nearly all are still running their services, many for over 20 years and one for over 30 years. Her work in schools has been published in several books, journals, and national and local newspapers and has featured in two television programmes. Her book “Towards Bully Free Schools: Interventions in Action” co-written with Derek Glover is based on their research in 25 schools in the Midlands for the Keele Anti- Bullying Project. Her latest book for Network Continuum Press is entitled: "Peer Support Works: A Step by Step Guide to Long Term Success" available on Amazon, Waterstones and good book stores.
DR S. J. E. BISHOP B.Sc., Ph.D.
Research Psychologist - The Child-Centred Research Company
The Moat House
133 Newport Road
Sam has been working for over 30 years on anti-bullying work with CYP, NCB, NSPCC and ChildLine when CHIPS was in its early days. Her PhD entitled "A Discursive Analysis of Peer Support in Secondary Schools" involved working with some of their seminal schools. She was the East Midlands Co-ordinator for the Anti-Bullying Alliance(ABA) and lectures at Staffordshire University.
DR EILEEN COURT
Eileen has taught in secondary schools for over 20 years including her post as Deputy Headteacher at Rising Brook Sports College, Stafford. She set up and managed a peer support programme at this school and sustained it for 8 years. She now leads workshops on peer support and anti-bullying with Peer Support Works.
DAVID PINNOCK, BA, Dip TP, MRTPI(ret’d)
David has had nearly 40 years experience of public sector working at all levels in organisations. He was formerly the Strategic Director in Stafford Borough Council and a member of the Senior Management Team with specific responsibility for co-ordinating and supporting all external facing services. His career to date has involved: extensive experience of partnership working (involving both public and private sectors); scrutiny processes (focussing on health, environmental, leisure and social issues); major projects; and managing internal organisational change and people management. He has used his skills and ideas from numerous management development and counselling training courses to promote emotionally literacy in every context of his working life. He is currently a Board Member of Stafford Enterprise Agency and Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. He is also the chairman of Family Mediation Centre (Staffordshire) www.familymediationcentrestaffs.co.uk