Helen O’Donoghue

Sunridge Associates was founded by Helen O’Donoghue, whose passion is to improve children’s learning, and draws on her extensive experience working in and leading schools in the UK and internationally, enabling her to use her first-hand experience for school improvement.

Helen is an experienced educator with over thirty years of experience in the field, and a much sought-after trainer, consultant, leadership coach and conference speaker, both in the UK and internationally.

Over a number of years Helen has worked  with leadership teams, teachers, governing bodies, starting from their own context and seeking to bring improvement in children’s learning. She listens carefully to the school’s narrative and context and shares their learning journey through trusted dialogue and communication. She makes good use of reliable and current research to inform her training and consultancy with them and uses the school’s collective experience and her own experience towards improvements.

Helen’s leadership experience has seen her lead two IB World schools, open two Free Schools in London and deliver bespoke training and consultancy around the world. In the last year she has worked in many countries including USA, the Netherlands, Romania, Malawi, Sweden, Peru, Qatar, Kazakhstan as well as the UK.

She has worked on a bespoke basis with senior leaders from Nexus International School focusing on leadership pathways and accountability and most recently with senior leaders from Stichting Alberdingk Thijm, in the Netherlands, on a bespoke leadership programme, involving action research around an improving leadership impact project

She offers guidance and support in a range of educational settings, as well as addressing conferences, and with leading organisations. She works closely with COBIS schools, has links with ISA, IAPS and New Schools Network and is a senior associate trainer for both Fieldwork Education and Thinking Schools International. She has recently become a CINDER trainer and speaker as part of the Collaboration for Independent International Educators.

She is also a professional ambassador for the British Council.

Do get in touch to see how she can help your school and your school leadership team, she is a much sought after leadership coach, facilitator who works with schools nationally and internationally with the view of improving learning.

You can get in touch with her via Leadership Matters or She would be very happy to have an introductory conversation on how she can help your school and your leadership team.

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