Tricia Taylor has been teaching and leading in schools in London and New York City for the past 22 years. Tricia founded TailoredPractice to pursue a passion to make mind, brain and education research more accessible to educators, young people and parents across the UK and abroad.
As Director of TailoredPractice, Tricia partners with leadership at both secondary and primary levels to customise the right approach for each school to maximise the impact of teaching and learning and build a culture of perseverance and challenge. Her approach is strength-based, building on what educators already do effectively and helping them utilise new strategies for more impact. The process is collaborative and inclusive.
Tricia is an avid researcher and exceptional facilitator, noted for her skill at transforming research into sustainable practice and building the capacity of others within the school to carry on the work independently. Other expertise includes: curriculum development and long term planning, effective teaming and relationship building, keynote addresses, diversity training and parent and youth workshops about mindset and memory.
Tricia is an Associate Lecturer for English at Goldsmith’s University for the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). Tricia works internationally as a Lead Consultant and Advisor for PowerTools, an educational and corporate consultancy firm based in New York City.
Previously, Tricia was director of a large creative arts faculty at an “Outstanding” London secondary school and beforehand a leader at a high school in Brooklyn, New York, where her work earned her the Leadership Award for Community Action.
Tricia holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Journalism and a Master of Education. Tricia is also a fellow for the Royal Society of the Arts, where she coordinates the RSA Mindfulness Network.
Tricia is currently writing a research-based practical book for implementing mind, brain and education research into schools, published by John Catt Educational.
Tricia has worked with over 15 different schools and organisations in the UK and abroad. Recent examples include:
Dunraven School (London, UK) As Lead Practitioner at Dunraven School, an “Outstanding” all-through 4-18 school in London, successfully designed and implemented a comprehensive initiative to embed mindset and cognitive science research at the school; noted success in Ofsted report as embedded in school
Julian’s Primary School (London, UK) Two-year whole-school intervention for all staff, parents, students and governors to integrate mindset, feedback and memory research, including modelling teaching, training teachers to deliver action research to whole staff; science, maths and literacy curriculum development
Langley Park School for Girls (Bromley, UK) Three-year intervention, including professional development sessions for teaching and support staff; parent workshops; coaching heads of departments in English, History, Science and Geography to implement mind, brain and education strategies across the school that are aligned with new GCSE curriculum standards. October 2015 to present.
Keynote and conference presenters. Recent include:
Learning and the Brain Conference (New York City, USA) April 2018 “Educating Mindful Minds: Using the Science of Stress to Improve Resilience, Behavior, and Achievement”
Greenwich Headteacher’s Conference (Eastbourne, UK) March 2018 “Mindset to Mastery: Using the Research of How We Learn to Guide How We Lead”
ResearchED UK National Conference (London, UK) Sept. 2017 Speaker: “Critique and Feedback: Improving Peer Feedback”, workshop presenting research and practical strategies to improve peer feedback and develop teacher-student and peer-to-peer feedback
West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance: Cultivating Partnerships in a Changing Climate Conference (Leeds, UK) July 2017 Keynote: Collaborative practice with research-informed strategies
Tricia blogs at tailoredpractice.com/blog and occasionally for Leadership Matters and the Learning Scientists.
Tricia’s work have been of the highest quality utilising her skills as an expert and highly successful teacher to support and guide colleagues in developing their own pedagogy. She has worked with real impact across the age range 4 to 18 producing a bespoke offer for each phase. Tricia has led highly effective CPD but is equally comfortable and knowledgeable working directly with students across the age range. Her practice is underpinned by her wider reading and research in current education thinking which produces training able to balance knowledge with skill development.
Tricia’s work has become part of our school’s DNA, contributing to our ongoing success, which includes securing, each year, the best progress and outcomes at GCSE of all Bromley’s non-selective schools. Tricia has worked with parents, students, whole staff, departments and leadership to embed the Mastery Mindset and enable our school community to develop its resilience. More recently, her work has focused on developing strategies for to improve memory. Tricia has helped us keep abreast of ongoing developments in understanding of cognition, memory and learning. All Tricia’s audiences – including students and parents – comment on the skills with which she presents and facilitates. Her delivery is engaging and entertaining. Her enthusiasm really is infectious, and teachers, parents and students have been inspired to change their practice and raise their aspirations. Tricia is a skilled coach whose input has helped teachers, middle and senior leaders improve their practice. She has enabled them to capture their own strengths and develop capacity.
I have known and worked with Tricia and TailoredPractice for many years and across two very different schools. I have always been impressed by her contagious enthusiasm and ability to listen and respond to the needs of a school and its students. At BIC, she has given us tools to support teachers and students in their learning and drive positive attitudes and self-belief. She trained the entire staff and parents so that we all understood how to use the research in everyday interactions. Her extensive knowledge, experience and passion really shone through and really motivated us to put her ideas into action—and stick with it.