Evelyn Forde, Headteacher, Copthall School - BAME leadership: how do we make it more representative in schools?


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I'm thrilled to release of episode #3 of the We Are In Beta Podcast - an interview with the Evelyn Forde, Headteacher of Copthall School in Barnet, where she issue a powerful call to arms.

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Why are people loving this episode?

What do we talk about in the podcast?

  • How Evelyn’s daughters inspired her to make a change

  • How she overcame the odds to secure her dream role at Copthall

  • How she led the school to achieve exceptional results

  • How she improved teaching and learning through incremental coaching

  • What she is doing to improve staff wellbeing

  • How she involved the local community in developing the school’s culture

  • Which headlines do headteachers a disservice and why

  • How performance tables can actually deter schools from off-rolling rather than encourage them to

  • The one question she would like to ask every headteacher if she could

  • What excites her about the future of education and why

  • How running for presidency always make her smile, even when she’s feeling a bit down

Since recording, Evelyn has been featured in excellent Guardian article:

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So what came up in Evelyn’s interview?

  • The leadership programme that gave her the confidence and skills to pursue headship and where she met the company above.

  • The code of practice that Copthall abides by to ensure all students’ needs are met. Jump to page 276 for some recommended sources of support for improving practice and staff training.

  • The new guidance about the disproportionate effect that a small number of extremely negative progress scores can have on a school’s average. Pages 9 and 49 in particular.

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