Maria Taylor joins the CPI team

With an extensive background in education, Maria Taylor has joined CPI in the new position of International Director of Programmes for Education.

Maria will be working closely with colleagues in the UK, USA and Australia/New Zealand to build on CPI’s existing broad spectrum of education behaviour content and programmes, expanding them into new markets internationally.

Maria-Taylor.JPGMaria said: “I’m thrilled to be taking on this role at such an exciting time for CPI. I’m particularly looking forward to supporting more schools in successfully improving behaviour and reducing restrictive practices, developing the CPI programmes and promoting them to a much wider audience.”

Maria previously spent 17 years in various positions of increasing responsibility at a residential special academy, catering for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

While there she became a Certified Pivotal MAPA and Pivotal Instructor and completed a BSc in Health & Social Care Restraint Reduction, developed in conjunction with CPI and the University of Wolverhampton.
Her studies led her to successfully introduce a programme at the academy that was child centred and restorative, underpinned by Pivotal MAPA and Pivotal principles, where staff fully appreciated the importance of calm, consistent behaviours, and that all behaviours are a form of communication.

The academy saw a significant and consistent improvement in behaviours and a reduction in the use of restrictive physical interventions over the past five years and Ofsted commented: “The school’s commitment to reducing restrictive physical intervention and restraint is commendable and helps to create an ethos where physical aggression is rare. The school’s use of restorative justice is successfully helping pupils to develop self-control, a sense of empathy and understanding of right and wrong. As a result, over their time in the school, pupils develop more tolerant and inclusive values.”

Maria also holds a Masters in International Education Leadership from the UCL Institute of Education, a world leader in education research and teacher training.

Martyn Dadds, CPI Managing Director said: “Maria’s appointment comes at an exciting time for CPI. It’s our 40th anniversary year and one of our key priorities for 2020 is to continue our expansion and growth in the education sector in the UK and internationally. We’re also continuing our campaign to push the government for better protection for children.

“It’s the perfect time to welcome Maria to the team as her vast experience and expertise will be reflected in our programmes and bring our customers additional benefits to help improve the care, welfare, safety and security of their staff and the young people in their care.”
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