Simon Bramwell OBE

Simon was appointed to his first headship in 1992 and has held 3 substantive and 5 executive headships since that time. He has removed four schools from special measures in this time, including his most recent school, SS Simon and Jude CE Primary which moved from special measures to outstanding under his leadership as Executive Headteacher. Simon was appointed an LLE in 2006, an NLE in 2011 and was last year awarded an OBE for “Services to Education”. His current position is CEO of Vantage Academy Trust

In 2012 SS Simon and Jude became an Academy and in 2014 it became Vantage Multi Academy Trust. It now comprises four schools across the north-west and will double in size by 2019, including 2 free schools. To facilitate this growth Simon has built a strong core team that has used a number of innovative strategies to deliver better outcomes for their pupils.

Simon has been North West President of the NAHT and currently sits on the Schools Forum in Bolton and the Formula Review Group and Schools Forum in Knowsley.

He has spoken at Capita and NAHT events and is now a regular contributor to a number of NPQ programmes including NPQH and NPQEL.  He is also a former Ofsted inspector.  Leading a successful and growing MAT ensures that Simon brings up to date, relevant knowledge and skills to supplement the core learning in our modules.

Workshop: Taking on the Challenge – Setting the Vision for Learning

*This workshop is aimed at Senior Leaders

As a leader who seems to have developed a penchant for special measures and failing schools; I have discovered some irrefutable truths about the factors that lead to poor school performance and more importantly, both how to prevent a fall and how to quickly and then permanently repair the damage.

Having the dubious honour of taking a school into special measures in less than a week (there is a story to be told), and taking one out in 100 days, and having turned 7 failing schools so far into good and outstanding schools, I can happily state it’s always hard, it’s always fun, its hugely rewarding and you can’t do it alone.

In the ongoing work that we do there are key lessons for us all.  In this brief workshop hopefully you will see the lighter side of school improvement at the “mucky end” and perhaps take a look at what is really important and what really makes a difference to the lives of young people.