Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan 2020

Education Systems Lead

School Effectiveness

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542775

For Paul, it feels as though the circle has completed as he studied and graduated from Worcester in 1988 and 30 years later with a diverse and varied career in Primary Education, including 11 years as a Head teacher, and Local Authority advisory work, has returned to Worcester in April 2018 to be part of the University of Worcester School Effectiveness Team.

Paul is passionate about challenging the orthodoxies and the transformational possibilities created by this challenge for individuals, teams and organisations. His ability lies in the development of powerful, trusting, enabling relationships. Paul is accomplished and knowledgeable in team facilitation for developing and established leaders, one to one coaching, and general leadership development both in schools and other public sector organisations. Paul’s knowledge and experience ensures a systemic viewpoint, always considering the impact of the organisational environment on the team and the individual, and vice versa.

He has a supportive, focused and practical characteristic to his coaching, helping teams/ individuals develop their awareness, confidence and motivation to plan and implement transformation. He draws on positive psychology approaches, research and coaching techniques to create depth to his work. He uses a variety of practical processes and academic models to help teams / individuals make changes to their approach or performance, modifying the balance of the approach to suit the individual, team or organisational context.

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~SCIL Conference, Somerset – 4C’s of Leadership 

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 2019 - Present:Governor – Hollymount School, Worcester