Stephen was Headteacher of an 11-18 school for thirteen years before becoming the Executive Headteacher of the school and of a one form entry primary school. He now leads a multi-academy trust involving the 11-18 secondary school and two one for entry primary schools. Working in Blackpool he’s rooted in the practicalities of leaders’ daily lives. Prior to this he was a Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for curriculum, teaching and learning and previously a Head of Science. He has extensive experience within the 11-18 age range and is increasingly knowledgeable about a range of issues affecting primary schools and their leaders. The issue of enhanced transition across phases is a key area of work for him.
Working nationally as Chair of the Headteachers, RoundTable Group; he has spoken at a number of conferences and events. Joining the Teacher Development Trust from their launch he is working to develop a culture in which staff, children and young people can flourish; at the heart of this is work on the professional development of teachers. St. Mary’s has recently been designated a Research School in the Blackpool Opportunity Area.
As a prolific blogger (www.leadinglearner.me) he writes on a range of topical educational issues. The core school business of teaching & learning and leadership are the main themes on his blog. He’s on twitter as @LeadingLearner and is author of Liminal Leadership.