ATLP CEO appointed Chair of Teaching Schools Council

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) is delighted to announce that CEO and National Leader of Education, Richard Gill, has been appointed Chair of the Teaching Schools Council.

Richard, who leads 12 academies and one teaching school in Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire, is “thrilled” to be taking on his new role. The TSC works with the Government, schools and leaders to deliver a self-improving school-led system across all regions, to ensure that every child attends a great school.

He said:

I’m honoured to have this opportunity to lead the Teaching Schools Council through its next stage of development and feel humbled to have been afforded this opportunity through the confidence of my TSC colleagues. There is so much excellence within our schools and it is important that this is shared more widely. There are a wide variety of partners in the school improvement space and I see part of my role, as chair, is strengthening such partnerships and securing a stronger, collaborative way of working that meets the needs of children and young people in each of our regions.”

Richard Gill has spent more than 20 years as a teacher, headteacher, senior leader, government adviser and lead Ofsted inspector. He has successfully led a number of high profile initiatives, including the creation of one of the country’s first 100 teaching schools. He served as an elected TSC member for more than three years.

Richard takes over from respected education leader, Andrew Warren, who takes up a new post as Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands. The pair will continue to work closely together to ensure the region benefits from strong system leadership and school-to-school collaboration.

Richard said: “I would like to pay tribute to Andrew Warren for the impact that he has had, as Chair, over the past two and a half years. I am in no doubt that I have big shoes to fill in carrying out this role, but he leaves behind a legacy which I will seek to strengthen and develop. Andrew is a friend as well as a colleague and I wish him all the very best in his new role as an RSC within the West Midlands where I know he will have a significant impact. 

One thing that Andrew and I share that will lie at the heart of my work is a commitment to children and young people. The aim of the Council is to see every child attending a great school.  I can assure you that I look forward to working alongside all of you, as well as my TSC colleagues, in shaping the direction of travel to ensure this becomes a reality.

 “Thanks to of my colleagues within the West Midlands who have supported me during my three plus years as their Member on the Council. Whoever picks up this role inherits a group of committed and dedicated system leaders who give so much. My thanks, too, to my sub-regional teams particularly my TSC coordinator, Kelvin Peel, who has supported me unreservedly.”

Andrew Warren, who was elected to the TSC in 2014, said it was a: “huge privilege” to have served as chair for two-and-a-half years and that he is looking forward to working closely with Richard to ensure that all children have access to high quality education.

He said: “I am delighted that Richard Gill will be taking over as chair of the TSC.  Richard’s vision and ability to form positive relationships with both the sector and policymakers at regional and national level have been pivotal.  I know that under his wise stewardship the Council will go from strength to strength and I wish him, the TSC and the teaching schools movement every success in the coming years.

“During my time as Chair I have seen significant changes as we aligned the regions, developed the sub-regional structures and played a strategic role in working with the DfE in shaping the self-improving, school-led system. Teaching schools and system leaders continue to make a vital contribution, ensuring impact and coherence in the local delivery of ITT, professional development and school-to-school support.  This role has been further underlined by the Secretary of State’s School Improvement Offer for 2018/2019 in which the Teaching Schools Council, together with all system leaders, have been given the important brief of delivering this offer successfully.

“I would like to pay a special tribute to my colleagues on the Council, from whom I have learnt so much this year. It has been a privilege to lead such an inspirational and principled group of school leaders.  Both at regional and national level they, together with sub-regional leads, have worked tirelessly to facilitate the development of sub-regional structures enabling system leaders to work together more effectively and ensuring good dialogue with other stakeholders, in particular regional schools commissioners, regional OFSTED leads, local authorities and Dioceses.”