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Emma Sheppard

Emma Sheppard

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Coaching Bio

Emma is a coach, charity founder and former English teacher with eight years coaching and mentoring experience. She specialises in supporting clients to navigate periods of change calmly, and with a sense of control. Her clients range from recently qualified teachers to senior leaders in education, new parents to expatriates, all of whom love the stillness she offers, the opportunity to really think and be heard, and the magic and revolutionary thinking that comes out of coaching sessions together.

Coaching Experience

Emma completed her Level 1 Life Coaching Diploma with The Coaching Academy in 2022 and secured her ICF ACC in 2024. As well as her work with The MTPT Project, she acts as an associate coaching and facilitator for multi-academy trusts, EDI consultants and coaching apprenticeship providers.

Career Experience

Emma is the Founder of The MTPT Project, the UK’s charity for parent-teachers. A former English Teacher and Lead Practitioner, she spent twelve years teaching and leading ITT provision in schools in Hertfordshire, South London and Vietnam. Emma has held various positions of responsibility, including pastoral and curriculum roles. She has acted as line manager for the school librarian and EAL department, delivered teaching and learning training on foci including memory, homework and curriculum updates, and has seven year’s experience as professional co-ordinating mentor for Schools Direct, Teach First and PGCE trainee pathways.

Coaching Qualifications


Coaching Tools

Level 1 Life Coaching Diploma

The Coaching Academy

Emma I absolutely love your approach – you listen, you reflect, you manage to ask the right questions and you guide us well towards figuring out solutions. You have a really calm nature about you which works for coaching. Thank you for your guidance.

Natalie, School Middle Leader

Emma has a very calm and self-assured manner which helps to create an atmosphere in our coaching sessions where reflection is encouraged. Her questioning is targeted and she is able to keep attention where it is needed for long enough to make good progress on an issue, but also has the emotional awareness to recognise when a different approach may be preferable. In one session I particularly welcomed the way she encouraged me to envision what my professional self and world would look like if I felt fulfilled and happy, as this helped me recognise the kind of working environment I should be seeking.

Caroline, Director (Charity Sector)

The coaching that Emma provided through MTPT was invaluable for my return to work. It dramatically reduced the anxiety I felt before returning and supported and guided me through the ups and downs of the first sixth months back working as Deputy Head. Through coaching Emma helped me to find a new identity as a mother and school leader, and helped me readdress my work-life balance. She allowed me to negotiate challenging times and gave me new-found confidence at work. My experience of returning to work was greatly improved by the coaching offered through MTPT and I am extremely grateful for the support, I would highly recommend it to all new parents.

Lucy, School Senior Leader