Incisive, informed and pragmatic CPD
from a respected colleague.
Astute, perceptive and creative
approaches applied with finesse.
Questions and practical advice
crafted with warmth.

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There is a rich vein of untapped wisdom waiting to be released and harnessed, when we take time to listen to those involved in "doing the job".  I respect practitioners and so my approach is always about building the capacity of individuals and teams, helping them find ways to make a positive difference.  It's about developing a culture of success and professional interdependence based on self-belief, evaluation and action. It works. It's well researched. It's a process solution.

The beliefs above thread through my career.  I began teaching English in 1970, working through to senior leader, headteacher, advisor, Ofsted Inspector and Deputy Chief Inspector for Nottinghamshire. Going Freelance in 1998 led to: Work in many Spcial Measures Schools,  Executive Headships, NCTL Lead Facilitator & Consultant Leader, Regional Curriculum Adviser for the DfE  and numerous training and consultancy contracts.  I published two books: "The Evaluation of Pastoral Care & PSHE" and "Desire Lines".  Business experience in Restoration, Sculpture and Publishing informed my training and mentoring over 1,500 start-up consultancies around the UK. downloadDownload my last CV!

I'm very proud of  The iAbacus and my recent partnership with Dan O'Brien We've captured the essential process of success planning I described above in a deceptively simple piece of software (more on iAbacus below)

This video filmed at BETT2018 tells part of my story.

At a recent #WomenEd LeadMeet Conference I launched a new model for "Consensual Leadership" using the PANINI Continuum.  It captures how I, and many others, want to behave and be treated at work. I've been bouyed by the positive responses. Here's my article in Secondary Education Magazine SecEd Magazine June 2018. 


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Woman using iAbacus

The iAbacus is unique because it starts with individual, or team, perceptions.  It combines the emotional intelligence of coaching with the rigour of audit.  Have a look at the website herewatch a 60 second video here or re ad these testimonials but the best way to understand iAbacus is to use it - so take a FREE TRIAL


Let's collaborate

I love meeting and linking with people with a passion to make a positive difference. 

If you think that might be you click here 

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KES April 2018

As Chair of the charity Kenyan Education Support KES, it's great to provide scholarships to gifted but disadvantaged Kenyan youngsters who would otherwise have no education.  Our scholars, many now at University, are already making a positive difference to our world.

A finer life-balance involves a growing family, writing, blacksmithing, Rotary International and climbing high mountains, preferably covered in snow.

Oh yes, I've just been elected Chair of Governors at my grandchildren's school.


Put simply, he is an inspiration. Always an innovator, John's work is the product of deep thinking and is anchored in what he knows motivates people. I have so often seen the long lasting impact when he works with groups and individuals alike. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him without reservation

Philip Holmes, Director, BCEM Ltd

He is wise and he wants you to be wise too. It sounds dramatic but he changed my life by helping me regain the courage and self-belief which had been temporarily been taken from me.

Secondary Head Teacher (wishes to remain anonymous)

Your role is vital - you are the trusted face and the professional glue. Don't underestimate the effect of how you model professional conduct and integrity. You do walk the talk and ask the tough questions of everyone, including yourself.

Mike West Inspector of Special Measures School

I was at your session – you were incredibly inspiring – so much that it somewhat ‘changed my life’. So I guess it’s a big thank you to you for being one of those realistic, down to earth and interesting guys that education seems to lack these days!

Stuart Spendlow Teacher

I heard John speak – he was witty, articulate knowledgeable and inclusive. He was a big hit - thought provoking while remaining respectful of the experience of his audience. John will stretch you and make you think about things more deeply than you may have before. Not only that, he's a thorough good man!

Mark Grant Business & Leadership Coach.

He has a special way of bringing clarity and common sense to any task or challenge, which, combined with his wicked sense of humour endear him to colleagues at any level. He is demanding and authoritative but genuinely perceptive, supportive and caring.

Maggie Morland - Artist at Maggie Morland Arts

John is extraordinarily energetic and creative, with a capacity to pull together disparate ideas in a way that is readily accessible. He has been a pleasure to work with bringing warmth and profound sense of values and purpose into everything he has done with us

Kevin Ford Chief Executive FPM

I worked with John and he was fantastic, he really helped me realise my potential and believe in my new business venture. After working with him I feel clear about what I need to do next and how to do it. Really hope to work together again in the future.

Diane Stubbs Business Woman and winner of local “Dragon’s Den”

I've been privileged to work with John and have been impressed with his total engagement and commitment to his clients. John possesses that rare quality of truly respecting and valuing people. 'People Matter' to John Pearce and he ensures that their needs comes first.

Alan Wayment, Director, VISION

Of all the days I have delivered for the National College, the ones I have facilitated with John shine out like beacons in my memory. They are the ones from which I have learned and they are the ones from which the participants have continued to contact me, as a serving head to follow up issues which began as discussion on the day.

Jill Boyle Head teacher and National College Facilitator

The Consultants’ Oath - my ethics and values

The moral purpose & ethics driving my work.

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The iAbacus – self-evaluation and improvement

The iAbacus created with Dan O'Brien -  Video