About Blueskies - Our Story
Blueskies is a partnership between Jennifer Casadei and Howard Martin. Jennifer and Howard have worked together in different contexts for over 9 years and are both passionate about making a difference to vulnerable children and their families. Their complementary professional experiences and expertise include school leadership, therapeutic approaches to support young people, leading and managing change and developing well being.
Jennifer and Howard have a deep understanding of the issues faced by schools and adoptive and foster parents, in relation to the social, emotional and mental health needs of the young people. Blueskies is a rapidly growing business that is making a difference to individual children though therapy, and impacting on practice within schools through training and consultancy.
BSc (Hons) Psychology,
MSc (Play Therapy)
Intensive Filial Therapist (Advanced)
Diploma in Therapeutic Life Story Work (Distinction)
Approved Adoption Support Provider
My experience as a Headteacher of a large primary school in a deprived area of the West Midlands brought a wealth of opportunities and challenges, in addition to those driven by educational change and government initiatives. These included the challenge of taking two schools out of special measures, leading and amalgamating schools on different sites and managing a new build. I also enjoyed acting on a consultative basis to support other schools and individuals.
Under my leadership the school also become a Regional Training Centre for Apple in order to share its exemplary practice in using technology to support learning. Leading such rapid and demanding change would not have been possible without a great staff team !
Family, community and economic issues significantly affected daily lives of many pupils, and it became apparent that children were experiencing circumstances that were having a negative impact on behaviour, the ability to make relationships, and of course their ability to learn.
It was during this time that I became a huge advocate of investing in 'well-being’ provision. The school quickly gained an excellent reputation for its use of therapists, Nurture Group and extensive family support. This provision, together with empathy, and an emphasis on supportive relationships, helped families thrive and pupils overcome social-emotional barriers to learning. Jennifer at this time, was the school’s ‘Well-Being Lead’ and it attracted many visitors to see the excellent practice.
After 15 years of Headship I decided it was time to pursue other personal goals. It came as no surprise though, that I jumped at the chance to help create ‘Blueskies’ when the opportunity arose. Having previously worked with Jennifer, it was an easy decision to make. Our shared values and approaches are a strength of the Blueskies partnership.
My passions and interest besides Blueskies, are, photography (I have my own website), sport, travelling, apple technology and my family which includes two sons and two grand children.