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Helen Keenan
Brownhills School

Helen Keenan has been fortunate to teach in Dudley, Japan, Germany, Birmingham and Walsall in a career spanning 33 years. She has taught in both primary and secondary schools and although her specialist subject was Physical Education, Helen has also taught Drama, English, Maths, and Religious Education.

Prior to becoming Headteacher at Brownhills School in 2006, Helen was a Deputy Head in two contrasting secondary schools in the West Midlands and was also Assistant Headteacher for a joint Sports College which incorporated a large special school and a mainstream secondary school.

After a robust discussion with Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI at the ASCL Conference in 2013, Helen trained as an Ofsted inspector qualifying in 2015.

Her tenure as a serving inspector however was very brief though interesting. Brownhills School has recently experienced its 4th Ofsted inspection since 2006-a short one day inspection for good schools. While recognising the need for an independent body to check the quality of state schools, Helen has concerns about the lack of parity in the inspection framework for school’s in challenging contexts.

She is currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership with the University of Buckingham, qualified as a Mindfulness Teacher with MISP through the Myriad project with Oxford University in 2016 and became a member of the Head’s Roundtable in 2015 through connections made on Twitter. Helen is currently doing a short secondment for the Local Authority with a focus on inclusion. Helen is an enthusiastic member of WomenEd and DFE Women into Leadership Coach and Youth Sports Trust Headteacher Ambassador.

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