Dr. Chris Tomlinson, Regional Director of Harris Secondary - the one budget you keep moving up: how to keep investing in staff development in schools
|Jun 16||Public episode|
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We don’t often hear voices from within the Harris Federation, so I’m really excited to release Episode #8 of the We Are In Beta Podcast, with Dr. Chris Tomlinson, Regional Director of Harris Secondaries (and soon to be CEO of Coop Academies Trust).
In his time at Harris, Chris has taken 5 academies from inadequate to outstanding consecutively over 17 years of headship.
I this very rare interview, he shares, amongst many other insightful things, which school budget he always increases and why.
If you’re skeptical of Harris’ approach to education, I urge you to listen to this interview. I suspect it will make you think again. Let me know on Twitter @niallalcock or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What do we talk about in the podcast?
Why Chris’s experience of education wasn’t great and what gave him confidence
What he believes headteachers should all still do
What he believes is the key to leading 5 schools from inadequate to outstanding
Which groups of students he believes defines you as a leader
Why he disagrees with tabloid newspapers
What he thinks about Ofsted
His advice to new leaders about how to approach Ofsted
What he believes is the most effective CPD
The one budget he increases every year in his schools
Which external organisations he recommends working with
How to get the most out of SEN funding
How he responds to the criticism that Harris academies are exam factories
How schools and the government can tackle teacher retention problems
Why his weaknesses might be his biggest strength
What advice he would give to aspirant headteachers
What one question he would ask every headteacher if could
How one student helped him out when is new accountability structures weren't very popular
Why he is optimistic about the future of education
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