Steve is the Director for AQR’s Education division with responsibility for Business and Product Development as well as leading the implementation of major projects..

His work will be largely and though not exclusively, based on AQR’s Mental Toughness model and measure MTQ48, the world of education is embracing a well validated concept which helps organisations make a big difference with school leadership, staff and with pupils. The main outcomes for this work revolve around attainment, well-being, behaviour and transition. The Mental Toughness concept embraces ideas such as Resilience, Mindset, Grit, Character and Learned Optimism in a single highly accessible format. Although very much a leading edge approach, mental toughness is now extremely well evidenced as a key factor in achieving key outcomes in the world of education.

He has already been delivering mental toughness workshops to a large number of schools and to groups of Head Teachers around the UK on behalf of AQR over the last couple of month. Steve’s work will also embrace leadership development, coaching and well as team working.

Steve is formerly  Assistant Director of Sixth Form at Blue Coat School in Oldham where he led a programme since 2012 to embed a mental toughness culture throughout the school which has produced some outstanding results in A Level attainments. As Bluecoat is a teaching school he has also been heavily involved in promoting and developing mental toughness programmes to partner schools around the UK.

A key aspect of Steve’s commitment to this important area of work is his pursuit of  PhD in Psychology which is examining evidencing the impact of interventions on mental toughness and through that on school and student improvement. Steve’s supervisor is Peter Clough, Professor of Applied Psychology at MMU who recognised as the leading authority on Mental Toughness and developed the 4Cs model.

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