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Since the creation of the Anti-bullying Adviser post in 2008, Karin Hutchinson’s innovation and creativity has ensured that schools can access a high quality and varied support programme which consistently receives regional and national recognition for being ‘leading edge’.  Karin has led the development of the widely acclaimed Hertfordshire Anti-bullying Accreditation programme which recognises best practice in schools' anti-bullying practice. Karin has also initiated a creative programme of anti-homophobia support for schools that has resulted in Hertfordshire being given the highest rating in the country by the LGB charity Stonewall on 5th July 2013.

Karin HutchinsonKarin’s background, rooted in partnership working, equality and diversity, informs the development of anti-bullying programmes that significantly improve outcomes for pupils, schools and communities.  She has a wide range of experience in working with all school phases, in urban and rural schools, in non-denominational and faith schools and across a range of local authorities, from London boroughs to large shire counties. She is an experienced teacher and school governor.

Karin offers schools bespoke training, CPD and consultancy that is responsive to developing trends, including anti-bullying school reviews, INSET days or twilights, surgery sessions, workshops, policy advice and updates and one to one support.  Consultancy is tailored to meet the particular needs of anti-bullying leads, school leaders, governors, parents, teaching assistants, parent workers, school health advisers and local authority advisers.  Direct teaching of pupil groups, for example on anti-bullying peer support programmes, is also available.

All anti-bullying training, guidance and support is in line with national policy and good practice, the current Ofsted inspection framework and the Equality Act 2010.  Programmes will directly impact on pupils’ ability to learn effectively, achieve their potential and flourish socially and emotionally.  Wherever possible work will aim to build staff capacity for early intervention, increase pupil engagement and reduce pupil vulnerability.

Initiatives address and support: leadership of anti-bullying, delivering equality requirements through anti-bullying strategy, self evaluation and review, effective pupil engagement in anti-bullying (including peer support and pupil voice), securing parent support for anti-bullying initiatives, identity and prejudice focused bullying, staff skill development, and recording and reporting processes.  Sensitive and practical support can be accessed by schools who are responding to complex bullying cases.

Support is also available to other local authorities in developing effective anti-bullying strategy in line with their local authority priorities and responding to statutory equalities duties.  Hertfordshire’s anti-bullying programmes can be provided for schools in other local authorities.

Karin also regularly delivers seminars and workshops to raise awareness of esafety and cyber-bullying issues and possible solutions. She provides a clear overview of eSafety and practical steps that schools, childcare settings and parents/carers can take to keep their children safe online.

If you looking for an inspiring, engaging and thought-provoking speaker for your event Karin is available to present at your conference, seminar, workshop or training event.  Her specialist subjects include: anti-bullying, sexual bullying and youth culture, anti-homophobia work in schools, engaging pupils and parents in anti-bullying work, cyberbullying and e-safety.

What they are saying
Surgery sessions:
'I really valued the opportunity to discuss what we are doing already and possibilities for future enhancement.'
Whole staff INSET day on anti-bullying and the equality context:
'So useful to have time to consider in detail and depth these important policy documents, to review practices and implementation, and the school’s impact in carrying them out.'
Staff INSET on anti-bullying:
'You made an informative half day very enjoyable! A great INSET'.
Staff INSET on sexualised bullying and homophobia:
'Excellent. Very well planned and prepared. Great stuff on learning outcomes and application of procedures in practice.'
Staff INSET to develop staff consistency:
'Made me think about the issues and work out what we do and what we need to be doing. I will be more aware of the impact I can have in the school community.'


Karin Hutchinson
Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser - Wellbeing & Vulnerable Groups
Phone: 01438 843299