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Life at the sharp end of government policy: Reflections on 17 years of headship

My session will focus on three main areas: academisation; high stakes accountability and league tables; and the impact of Ofsted and the constantly changing inspection framework. I will draw on my personal experiences of these policies and how they have affected school leaders and school communities. I will share my thoughts on alternative ways we could develop education policy for our children and young people.



Stuart was a Headteacher for 17 years from 2003 to 2020, serving four different schools in two different local authorities. He finished his career at Bower Park Academy and successfully led the school from Special Measures to Good in just 14 months. He is a member of the National Executive of NAHT and Chair of the Secondary Sector Council. Since retiring he has been involved in consultancy work in the Essex area.

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