About Richard Kielty

Senior Consultant, Regional Manager (UK & International Schools)

Having taught in primary and secondary schools, as well as in universities, Richard Kielty is now Regional Manager for Challenging Learning, UK and Australia. He is committed to developing outstanding teaching and learning in schools through creativity, challenge, assessment and leadership.

With a master’s degree in Leadership and Educational Development, Richard has an excellent record in leadership. He has been Principal of two schools - a middle school (9-13-year-olds) in Northumberland and a large primary school (3-11-year-olds) in North Yorkshire. He has also been a National Strategies consultant working with secondary schools (11-18-year-olds) across North East England. Throughout this time, his focus on a culture of learning and progression led to improved outcomes for students in all those phases of education.

Richard was part of the early work with the National College for School Leadership in developing coaching within schools. He has worked with teachers and leaders on developing coaching programmes that focus on dialogue and structures that enable others to grow.  Richard is currently working on a book on coaching that will be published soon.

As part of the Northumberland Thinking for Learning Unit and as a Senior National Strategies consultant, Richard has worked with schools nationally and internationally to develop thinking skills pedagogies. In his work with leadership teams, he supported organisational and curriculum change through coaching, thinking skills and enquiry across the curriculum.

Richard has worked for the Girls Day School Trust, the UK’s largest educational charity, as a Director of Social and Emotional Learning. The work across the Trust was focused on building resilience and a Growth Mindset with students of all ages.  Richard has spoken at national conferences about the fear of failure in learning and how to overcome this.

Richard is a qualified Visible Learning Plus consultant working with schools in Scandinavia to help embed Visible Learning across all age phases.  He was manager of a large project in Denmark, which was focused on embedding a culture of Visible Learning at all levels within schools.

Richard is a registered therapeutic counsellor and psychotherapist as well as being a long-suffering supporter of Middlesbrough Football Club.  These two aspects of his life often overlap!


Follow Richard on Twitter: @richkielty