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Stephen Munday, Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust & Executive Principal, Comberton Village College & President of The Chartered College of Teaching: Doing the right thing and working together

We Are In Beta Podcast

Release Date: 07/21/2019

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As a student, Manny Botwe had a teacher with whom he shared a great relationship. This teacher took an interest in him and his activities outside school. But when Manny got into trouble he was there to have an important conversation with him that had a profound affect. As Headteacher of Tytherington School in Macclesfield, he remembers the impact taking interest in students as a whole can have. Another event makes Manny reconsider Tytherington’s role in the community and his role as a community leader

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In this episode, Stephen Munday (Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust; Executive Principal, Comberton Village College & President of The Chartered College of Teaching), shares his thoughts on:

In his interview, Stephen shares his thoughts on:

  • How a cup of tea with his Mum’s friend was the catalyst to becoming the President of the Chartered College of Teaching
  • His purpose and what he finds deeply inspiring about teaching
  • Which role in a school prepares you well for becoming a headteacher
  • What you need to keep reminding yourself as a headteacher
  • The biggest thing he has learned about headship
  • The biggest challenge of his career and how he overcame it
  • The moral duty that led to his school becoming a multi-academy trust
  • What he welcomes about changes to the Ofsted framework
  • What he questions about changes to the Ofsted Framework
  • How schools can reduce the problems with exclusions
  • The question school leaders need to ask themselves to reduce workload
  • The best CPD he’s ever done
  • How to get external support when needs can’t be met in-house
  • How to judge the quality of external CPD
  • How the Chartered College can solve the budget crisis
  • How schools can ensure they ring-fence enough money for investing in professional development
  • Tips for schools on how to balance the books
  • How he’s using technology to make professional development more scalable and accessible across the trust
  • The one question he would ask every headteacher in the country if he could
  • Why he is optimistic about the future of education and the role the Chartered College has to play
  • What one ‘less positive’ student shouted as Ofsted approached the school to begin an inspection

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