Will Smith, Chief Exec, Greenshaw Learning Trust - How to reduce workload and generate a feeling of relief in schools


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In the latest episode (#4) of the We Are In Beta Podcast, Will Smith, Chief Exec at Greenshaw Learning Trust - where he talks about making things simple.

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What do we talk about in the podcast?

  • How acids and alkalis altered his life direction

  • What everyone at Greenshaw is entitled to

  • What impact changes to the Ofsted framework will have

  • How he re-defines accountability

  • The organisations that you probably think about that MATs are accountable to

  • The leader mindset shift he thinks is required in the system

  • His trust’s statement of intent around inclusivity

  • The other side of the exclusions debate he thinks should be recognised

  • How he works to embody the culture of the organisation and who helped him realise it

  • The strategies Greenshaw uses to value staff

  • What they ask schools to stop doing when they start working with them

  • The best CPD initiative he has ever pursued

  • Why he has found himself in car parks with tears in his eyes

  • The one question he says he would ask every head if he could

  • How Greenshaw has developed a healthy pipeline of new leadership talent into the trust

  • Why he thinks the politicisation of education is a problem

  • How one parent changed him forever using a bucket!

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