Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan 2020

Education Systems Lead

School Effectiveness

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542775

Paul is accomplished and knowledgeable in team facilitation, one to one coaching, and leadership development both in schools and other public sector organisations. His skills and abilities lie in the development of powerful, trusting, enabling relationships. Challenging the orthodoxies and the transformational possibilities created by this challenge for individuals, teams and organisations are central drivers in Paul’s work. 

When coaching 1 to 1 he has a supportive, focused, and practical approach that helps teams and / or individuals develop their awareness, confidence and motivation to plan and implement transformation. He uses a variety of practical processes and academic models to help teams / individuals make changes to their approach or performance.

From individual and course feedback, Paul is described as calm, approachable, professional, and down to earth. His reflective and supportive approach enables him to work alongside and collaboratively to secure sustainable impacts and outcomes for the individuals, teams, and organisations he has worked alongside.



  • 2020 ILM (level 7) Executive Coaching and Mentoring – University of the West of England

  • 2000 National College of School Leaders, NPQH, School Leadership

  • 1988 Worcester College of Higher Education, B.Ed. (Hons) Primary Education / Geography


Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Principle focus is on knowledge exchange activities with groups of school leaders and groups from other public sector organisations. The evidence, research-based approach has enabled groups to focus efforts and energies on the strategies that have the most impact for the pupils, teachers and leaders involved.  

Research Interests

09/15 to present - Stoke School Improvement Project.

Initially as an Associate Lecturer. Working with cohorts of schools to facilitate and implement collaborative working to improve outcomes across the groups of school both for pupils and staff.

Professional Bodies

Founding member of the Chartered College of Teaching


Presentations and Conferences

2020 ~Societas MAT- Trust Conference – Introduction to Coaching

2019 ~TEAN Conference – Teacher Educator Advancement Network – presented a session related to the school improvement journey in Stoke on Trent and the role of the professional teacher educator (facilitators) in the success of the journey.

External Responsibilities

  • Sept 2020 - Present: Trustee – Black Pear Multi Academy Trust, Worcester.
  • Sept 2020- Present: External CEO appraiser for The Learning Institute – Cornwall