Graham has over 30 years’ experience in education, health and wellbeing at a local, regional and national level.
Starting his teaching career in 1979 in outer-London, Graham then moved back to his roots in Yorkshire teaching and leading in Sociology, Psychology, History and PSHE. Graham soon progressed to pastoral management and then to the position of School Improvement Officer for PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education) with Kirklees Local Authority, working successfully across all key stages.
Throughout his career as a teacher and then as an LA officer, Graham acquired a range of experience, knowledge and skills as a Representative for the National Union of Teachers.
He has been an Assessor and Regional Lead for the National PSHE Programme and is now an executive member of the National Association for Advisors, Inspectors and Consultants (NSCoPSE).
The position of School Improvement Officer gave Graham the experience of working collaboratively with a range of organisations outside education, establishing especially strong partnership work with Health and the Police. Graham has extensive experience in supporting teaching and learning at both the classroom and strategic level. He has lead a wide range of initiatives, chairing a number of strategic bodies, including Drug Education (part of the Kirklees Drug and Alcohol Strategy), Relationships and Sexual Health (part of the Kirklees Teenage Pregnancy Strategy) and was the Education Lead for the Healthy School Programme and Targeted Mental Health in Schools.
Graham is a highly respected consultant, trainer and presenter, known for his innovative practice and development of nationally recognised teaching resources for schools and further education.
He has had involvement in the development of a range of national and local guidance material, including Stand up for us: Challenging homophobia in schools (Department for Education and Skills/Department of Health 2004) and Relationships and Sexual Health Education from an Islamic Perspective (Kirklees LA 2006). Graham is also the co-author of the best selling PSHCE Co-ordinator’s Handbook, published by Routledge and is at present co-writing the 2011 updated publication, also commissioned by Routledge.