Re-thinking Leadership for Optimal Effectiveness

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Speaker Biographies

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John West-Burnham

Professor West-Burnham is a writer, teacher and consultant in education leadership with a particular interest in leadership learning and development, and learning in schools and communities. He has been a schoolteacher, teacher trainer, education officer and has held posts in five universities. He is Professor of Educational Leadership at St Mary’s University and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. John is the author or editor of 26 books including Education for Social Justice and Rethinking Educational Leadership and he has worked in 27 countries. www.johnwest-burnham.co.uk 

Roy Blatchford

Roy Blatchford is Director of the National Education Trust. He has served as an adviser to various governments, most recently as Deputy Chair/Chair of Drafting Group of the DfE Teachers’ Standards Review and of the Headteachers’ Standards Review. Previously Roy was Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools in England, with national responsibilities for school improvement and the short inspections of outstanding schools. Roy has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has inspected and reviewed over 1000 schools and colleges in the UK and Europe, USA, Middle East and India. He spent 13 years teaching in inner-London schools, youth and adult services, and has for 30 years been a trainer and speaker with schools, teachers, leaders, parents and governors on English and literacy, raising student achievement, curriculum development, school improvement, leadership and innovation. He is the author/editor of over 150 books and is a regular contributor to the national media.

Pete Mountstephen

Peter has been a Headteacher of 3 schools in very differing locations, spanning a period of almost 25 years. Having also been a general primary adviser, working alongside heads, teachers and governors, he has developed an understanding a range of perspectives about the role of headship. He holds the position of Chair of the National Primary Heads Association. Throughout his career Peter has been a seeker and user of educational research, determined to do the best for the children, staff and schools he has led. He is particularly passionate about the way in which relationships underpin effective leadership. 

Canons High School

Over the last four years Canons has prioritised the development of learning and teaching. Genuinely distributing the leadership of learning and teaching to teachers at all levels, Canons has been successful in creating an atmosphere for contagious pedagogy within a school culture that is supportive, challenging and organic in nature.  Since 2010 Canons has twice been judged Outstanding by OFSTED, however staff and students are most proud of acquiring Teaching School status from September 2014 which will enable the school to continue to work with, and learn from others on a local, national and international scale. Students come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds; a very high proportion speak English as an additional language; an above average proportion of students enter the school after the beginning of year 7 and leave before the end of year 11; disabled students and students with special educational needs, as well as those on free school meals are twice the national average; making a high proportion of students eligible for pupil premium.

Heather Clements

Heather was a Primary Headteacher for 11 years before becoming a Local Authority Adviser and subsequently a Senior Adviser in Buckinghamshire, where she developed the Quality Assurance Matrix for Teaching and Learning (What Is Good Teaching?). As Head of School Improvement in Harrow and then Director of Schools, she developed a systematic approach to school improvement support, setting clear criteria for assessing schools capacity and effective processes of support and challenge. As a consultant Heather works directly with schools and a range of national organisations to deliver school improvement. She also runs supported school reviews in Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Slough and Oxfordshire. She is also a co-author of What is Good Leadership?.

Anita Warwick

As Headteacher of Uplands Primary School, Sandhurst, Anita has transformed the school from barely satisfactory (Ofsted 1999) to Outstanding in 2006 and 2009, and awarded Teaching School status, March 2013. In 2013 Uplands KS1-2 value added results placed the school amongst the top 250 in the country. She has created the training programme <italics>Inspired to Lead<italics ends>, which brings the very latest in leadership thinking to education and transformational change in schools. To date over 1000 teachers have taken part; many cascading ITL throughout their schools.

Tim Sully

Tim has a very long and varied career in Primary education – from the leafy suburbs to very challenging inner city schools. He has worked internationally in Zambia and at degree level at Bath Spa University as a senior lecturer on their postgraduate course. He regards helping to set up Room 13 Hareclive art studio as one of his greatest achievements. Tim has also taught and currently works as an adviser for the Learning Exchange. At the moment he coaches and trains teachers working across the primary and secondary sector. 

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