Deborah Leek-Bailey joins senior leadership team at Education Development Trust

We are very pleased to announce that Deborah Leek-Bailey has been appointed to the role of Head of UK Independent Schools. Deborah is a former headteacher and government advisor, with experience of advising ministers on multi-stakeholder partnership engagement, focusing on raising aspirations, attainment and social mobility across sectors. She also holds an OBE for services to education.

In addition to her other experience, Deborah chaired the ministerial Independent State School Partnership Forum (ISSP) from 2013-2017, and was previously a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) National Associate, Chairman and Vice President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and a Trustee of Child Bereavement UK. Moreover, along with her OBE, she has been awarded the lifetime Millennium Award for her work on HIV and AIDS awareness in South Africa, as well as a ‘London for Londoners Award’ for her outstanding contribution to the lives of young people in the city.

Alongside her other responsibilities, Deborah is Education Advisor for Child Bereavement UK and Director of DLB Leadership, providing strategic advice to governing bodies, schools, businesses and senior leaders within the Ministry of Defence. She also adjudicates teaching awards, writes extensively on leadership issues, bereavement and social mobility for national media outlets, and is frequently a keynote speaker at relevant events and forums. Deborah will continue her contributions to these areas alongside her new role at Education Development Trust.

In this new role, which she takes over from Valerie Dunsford, Interim Head of UK Schools, Deborah will oversee the independent schools which Education Development Trust owns and manages within the UK – Oakfield Preparatory School, and St Andrew’s School. She says:

‘As a former Headteacher, I know that the challenges of running a school can be demanding and sometimes, all consuming, but I hope to be able to share the knowledge that I have gained from working with other heads, boards, NCTL, government and business, to lessen those demands and collectively achieve in areas that enable everyone working so hard in the schools to feel proud. Extraordinary pressures have been placed on school leaders this year and it will be a real privilege to lead and advise staff and pupils of our schools on what I know will be an aspirational journey, continuing to achieve excellence in all they do’.

We are delighted to be welcoming Deborah to Education Development Trust very soon.

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