As CEO of Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust), Steve leads an organisation that operates in diverse environments around the world to transform lives by improving education. Working with governments at national and regional level to improve education systems and with school clusters to raise standards, Steve manages an internationally based workforce in India, the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa, the UK and many other localities. Education Development Trust is a charity and its commitment is to sustainable, high quality self-improving education systems.
Steve began his career as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham, later moving to the north east of England where he worked as a teacher and then as a lecturer. In the late 1980s and the 1990s he worked in school improvement roles in Oldham and Blackburn with Darwen and from 2000 to 2005 he was director of education in Knowsley, Merseyside. Steve was chief executive of the National College for School Leadership from March 2005 to November 2012.
At a time when accountability, is higher than it has ever been, what can we learn from how other countries and cities around the world have transformed the education outcomes for young people? Given the high accountability system in England, what school leadership approaches work best in this environment?