With expertise as a senior leader, including six years in headship, Matt has a wealth of experience to draw upon from a variety of settings when working with schools. He has also worked for seven years as a class teacher, writer on excellence in primary schools, inspector and independent leadership development consultant.
Currently working with a school striving to maintain its ‘good’ Ofsted grade, Matt is putting systems in place to ensure accountability at all levels and rapid changes to daily practice. All the while being sensitive to the public perception of the school and ensuring a constant stream of good news stories are flowing into the community.
His work focuses on embedding sustainable improvement strategies, enabling leadership teams to move schools forward rapidly. Currently working with schools that find themselves in challenging circumstances, Matt takes a resilient and positive approach to leadership that sees him getting to the heart of the issues quickly before generating coherent plans to move forward.
As a creative problem solver, he brings original ideas and enables others to do the same. One of the schools Matt currently works with had been categorised by the local authority as causing concern. He works with the wider leadership team to develop plans to improve teaching and measure impact. The school has been able to demonstrate to the LA, improvements in the quality of teaching and behaviour for learning within a term.
Leading teams with a supportive coaching style, Matt strives to engage all stakeholders in making key decisions, planning in key accountability measures along the way. This pragmatic approach ensures all strategic aims are met and helps others to improve their performance by prioritising and delegating manageable work-streams.
Having consistently moved schools up through Ofsted grades from special measures to outstanding, Matt has a clear understanding of what is required to improve schools rapidly.
As an Ofsted School inspector himself in 2005, Matt developed his understanding of how to evaluate school performance and how to write concise, informative reports, utilising this knowledge to develop the schools he has worked in since. This has ensured all staff are clear about improvement priorities and has enabled governors to hold leadership to account effectively.
Some of Matt’s recent achievements include:
- Improving teaching and learning environments to reflect whole school ambition and policies; enabling teachers to demonstrate excellent teaching and learning.
- Improving the quality of teaching through the use of effective feedback, rigorous planning for improvement and peer support to ensure children achieved at national expectations. Taking attainment from below floor targets to above national expectations within two years, and then into the top 10% for achievement a year later.
- Rapidly improving attainment across key stages one and two to ensure pupils make accelerated progress.
- Restructuring leadership teams to ensure expanding and contracting schools can be run with consistency across all phases, maximising impact and embedding clear lines of accountability.
- Completely rebuilding 1970s concrete accommodation as an innovative brand new school appropriate for 21st Century learning. This process took place during the financial crash and Matt had to manage contracts and find additional funding to cover a six million pound shortfall. The school remained open and on the same site throughout the process. Matt managed this with minimal disruption to learning throughout the thirty-month programme.
- Developing inclusive practices in mainstream schools and specialist provision for ASD, enabling children with profound needs to access mainstream provision and make very good progress.
- Rapidly improving behaviour across a school. Cutting exclusion rates by 85% within a year in the school with the highest number of exclusions across the local authority and improving attendance year on year to become a DFE good practice case-study school two years later.
The headteacher has guided the school skilfully through a challenging period of development. Other school leaders, staff and governors all share his vision for an exciting school that aims for the highest possible standards of attainment. Efforts to improve standards of behaviour and levels of attendance since the last inspection have been concerted and effective and accurate monitoring of the quality of teaching and learning has led to carefully targeted support for teachers. All this has had a positive impact on the overall quality of teaching in the school and on improving outcomes for pupils.Ofsted 2011
Matt is highly qualified to work with both leaders and teams, drawing on his wealth of experience as a teacher and a school leader, he builds excellent working relationships with all stakeholders, including parents, creating clear processes that enable a solution focussed approach to problems.