John is a founding director of Evolve: A Social Impact Company and is currently responsible for recruitment, training and all quality assurance matters.
Since graduating from university with a degree in mathematics and sports science, John has been supporting primary schools for the past 17 years and is extremely well positioned to support schools and education authorities through this challenging economic period. John is very positive about head teachers having more control over their budgets and the decision making process regarding the deployment of external providers into their schools.
John passionately believes that the key to achieving early academic potential is to adopt a holistic approach to child development and develop learning environments that are full of praise, engaging activities and enjoyment. PE and school sport provide an excellent opportunity for this and John is determined to keep championing the positive effects that healthy minds and bodies can have on attainment throughout the curriculum.
I was recently asked to comment upon the Department for Education’s consultation regarding proposed changes to allow schools to employ industry experts to work as instructors in schools more easily. This consultation is geared towards secondary schools and is designed to address the current quality of vocational training, as recommended in the Wolf Report.
This proposal follows recent moves to elevate the status of QTLS and allow qualified teachers from the FE sector to take up posts in compulsory education.
At this year’s BETT conference, Gove also expressed his belief that IT professionals from the world of Microsoft, Google et al could have an important role to play in the new era of UK education.
These debates take me back to the National Agreement in 2004 when primary headteachers were given the opportunity to appoint unqualified teachers who possessed specialist qualifications in their field and whom they deemed “competent” to work under the supervision of class teachers whilst facilitating their PPA time.