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14Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012Vocation, Vocation, VocationMy family have always been so supportive of me and proud of all I have achieved. During Ofsted inspections of which I have now done five they have helped in whatever way possible and also coped with my very long working hours during these difficult times. I was fortunate to become a Subject Leader for Literacy after only 2 years of teaching and have also had the responsibility for subjects such as ICT, PE, Assessment and Music during my career. I became an Assistant Head Teacher and part of the senior leadership team for 18 months before being promoted to a Deputy Head Teacher. I loved my role as a Deputy Head, being able to teach almost full time but still having the opportunity to make decisions as to the direction of the school. Becoming a Head Teacher was never part of my career plan, in fact I stated many times that this was not the path I wanted to take, mostly because it meant I would not have a teaching role. However call it fate or something else but I found myself in the position of Acting Head back in September 2010. This was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make, the responsibility would be huge, my working hours very different and I would not be a classroom teacher which is why I came into the profession and also I would have to very quickly develop more leadership skills. I was very aware that none of this could be achieved without the continued support of my family but as ever they were amazing. Completing the qualification of NPQH certainly helped me during my first 12 months and also gave me the opportunity to reflect on my practice with others. I also work very hard in order to continue a teaching commitment. In February 2012 I was appointed as the substantive Head Teacher after a very long interview day. Celebrations were huge but an Ofsted inspection followed just two weeks after. This was certainly the most challenging point of my career so far, but also a highlight. I was thrilled with the report and also to be credited with moving the school forward. There is certainly no such thing as an average day, there are so many facets to my job the list is endless, but it's incredibly rewarding, inspiring others, adults and children; encouraging and challenging them to become the best they can be. I have worked hard to build positive relationships with parents as they are the key to many parts of our success.I've been incredibly lucky at my present school to have two role models, both of whom have given me so many opportunities to develop professionally and taught me so much about leadership. I am proud to be able to call them friends and colleagues. My current ambition is sadly linked to Ofsted and their inspections, as a Head Teacher in a 'good' school I am determined for it to become 'outstanding'. I strive each day to become a more efficient and effective Head Teacher and can honestly say I am privileged to be in my current role - I love my job - yes there are difficult days and incredibly trying days and exhausting days, but I wouldn't change it for the world.Making the GRADEThere is no such thing as an average day for Georgina Mawdsley as she strives to be an efficient and effective Head teacher Georgina MawdsleyMy name is Georgina Marie Mawdsley and I was born in Solihull, West Midlands, now living in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I'm just 40 years of age and since 10 years of age in Year 6 at Primary school I've wanted to become a teacher. My aspirations have never changed and my only concern from a young age was not being able to do it well. I've now been teaching for the last 16 years after graduating at Warwick University where I studied for 4 years and have taught in two schools, one in Birmingham and now in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. I am married and have two children, one of whom is about to go to university and the other going into Year 8 at secondary school. FACTFILE

www.networkshe.com15Vocation, Vocation, VocationElizabeth Ann Marland , known as Liz, is a very special woman who could be perceived as a driving force, not only in the care sector but to make her dream a reality of providing care homes for young people with complex health needs. She has shown by example and by her innate successes, that she is in fact just as strong as a business woman in a highly competitive business world.Elizabeth's nursing background, like everything else she turns her mind to, is exemplary. Elizabeth is a qualified Adult Nurse and Registered Sick Children's Nurse with a broad range of nursing experiences spanning 30 years. This experience includes both Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Booth Hall Children's Hospital. She originally gained experience of caring for children with complex health needs, on the Nesta Wells unit at the Duchess of York Hospital, Withington, before moving onto Francis House Children's Hospice, Didsbury. She then set up and worked as Team Leader for a Children's Community Nursing Team in South Manchester for 10 years, before realising her dream to open a respite home and provide the very best of care for children and their families.The first home she founded was EAM House in Partington, Greater Manchester, which opened in 2006. It is still a thriving 8 bed home for children, offering day care and short and long stay for children from birth to 19 years old. EAM stands for Elizabeth Ann Marland.Following the success of EAM House, she realised that many of these children would need alternative care when they became young adults. She then founded EAM Lodge in early 2010 in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, a four bed unit offering nursing care; but as importantly offering security as they become young adults.The inspiration for this second home was down to Adam and his family, as Adam became too old to stay at EAM House anymore and so EAM Lodge was foundedSo what has Liz been up to this year?Well, Manchester City FC, Chairman's Lounge provided the back drop for Liz Marland and her team to celebrate the launch of EAM Lodge becoming a Community Interest Company. As well as young people from EAM Care Group, Liz welcomed their families and guests from every sector.Liz, Marland, says, "With support from my team I have been able to take EAM Lodge to its next logical stage, which is to move the business into a Community Interest Company, which in effect, means charitable status of a kind. We will now be in a position to apply for funding to further enhance and enrich the lives of the young people in our care."Liz is also founder of EAM Homecare Ltd, where she and her team provide nursing care for children and young adults with complex healthcare needs in the family environment. They also are able to provide support in other areas such as support for the children and young people within education.Nursing a DREAMLorraine Worsley tells how Elizabeth Ann Marland made her ambition of opening a respite care home for children a realityElizabeth Ann Marland with fiancé Nick WhimpannyIn addition to her vocation in life, Liz has been a Senior Lecturer at Manchester University (MMU) on a part time basis; teaching students on the Children's Community Nursing Degree course. She has also trained in massage and aromatherapy and has an interest in complementary therapies. She also holds a basic counselling course and is an Assessor for the NVQ awards. She also holds the NVQ4 in Leadership and Management.With her nursing background and years of experience in providing care, in 2005 she identified a need for day care, respite care and residential care for children and young people with complex health care needs.She has 2 children who both have degrees and are both now working at EAM House, she has 3 dogs, 2 cats and a horse, and also goes horse riding fo ra pastime, and loves gardening. Elizabeth is also a member of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Liz became engaged to Nick Whimpanny at Christmas 2011 and they are getting married in April 2013.FACTFILE