31 October 2017

ATLP welcomes education leaders on board

Respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), has appointed two leading education professionals to its highly experienced trust board team.

Former headteachers and national education leaders, Professor Mick Waters and Sally Taylor, have joined the ATLP Trust Board as members. They are among the six professionals who support the  multi-academy trust’s academies and provide strategic management and leadership of the ATLP.

Mick and Sally join fellow member and senior leader Tim Sewell, who has extensive experience of governance in the semi-public sector. Tim was previously chair of the ATLP Trust Board for six years and is succeeded by John Vickers.

CEO Richard Gill said:

We are pleased and privileged to welcome Mick and Sally to the ATLP. Both are highly regarded in their field and have dedicated their distinguished careers to caring for children and improving opportunities for all. They have a passionate commitment to education and their support and expertise will further strengthen the board’s capacity to help all our schools excel.”

Professor Mick Waters works with the schools in the West Midlands in raising standards, initially as part of the Black Country Challenge and now through the University of Wolverhampton. He works with schools in other parts of the country on innovative approaches to learning and on several other initiatives to push the boundaries for making learning better.

Mick was a teacher and headteacher before holding senior roles at Birmingham and Manchester local authorities. He worked at a national level with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as director of curriculum.  Currently, Mick is supporting the Bailiwick of Guernsey in developing a new approach to curriculum in schools. He is also working with the Welsh government in producing professional standards for teaching and leadership.

Mick is an honorary fellow of the College of Teachers, and a patron of the Children’s University, SAPERE (Philosophy for Children, Colleges, Communities), and the Curriculum Foundation. He is also vice president of the National Association for Environmental Education and chair of the CoEd Foundation. Mick has written books on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and leadership, as well as making presentations at numerous national and international conferences.  Mick’s most recent book, ‘Thinking Allowed…on schooling’ was published in 2013.

Mick said:

I am pleased to play a small part in helping the ATLP to flourish for the benefit of young people. Strategic oversight should empower those close to learning and release potential; that’s how schooling moves forward.”

The ATLP welcomes back former interim CEO Sally Taylor, who successfully led the partnership between 2015 and 2016. Most recently Sally was the interim head of education and learning for Warwickshire County Council until the end of May 2017. She is also director at SR Taylor Education Consultancy, which provides high quality interim education consultancy on leadership and safeguarding to schools, multi academy trusts and local authorities.

Sally has been a leader, secondary headteacher and local authority leader. She has worked in local government and the private sector for the national strategies. Sally is also a Director of the not for profit education organization, the Leading Aspect Award.

From 2010 to 2015, Sally was service director for education and commissioning for Birmingham City Council. She was responsible for the attainment and wellbeing of the young people who attended the 431 schools and children’s centres. She supported and advised the politicians in developing and implementing education policy for largest education authority in Europe.

Sally was also assistant director for Oxfordshire County Council, with responsibility for all schools in the county and children’s social care for a third.

Sally’s connection with Arthur Terry goes back 19 years when she first worked with the school.

Sally said:

I’m delighted to be back at the ATLP. Not only do we share the same values, but there’s a spirit of generosity, an authentic and collaborative approach to helping others that makes this partnership stand out. Together we will assure our children’s futures.”