Sir Paul Grant
In 1997, Sir Paul Grant was appointed Principal of Robert Clack School situated in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham.
At the time of his appointment the school was dangerously close to being designated as a failing school by OFSTED (equivalent of ERO in NZ). By implementing a strict disciplinary procedure and high expectations, giving students the ability to learn and teachers the ability to teach, he has managed to turn Robert Clack into one of the top 10 state schools in the UK. Sir Paul Grant has also been central in developing training programmes for principals and teachers alike. In June 2009 he was bestowed the UK’s highest honour; he was knighted by the Queen for his services to local and national education.
Sir Paul Grant recently toured New Zealand with Bob Greatrex from TimePlan, where he shared his experience of turning a failing school into one of the best in the UK. His dynamic speaking and tremendous knowledge offered educators from all walks of life a unique opportunity to hear his story.
In his wake, Sir Paul created huge interest both in the Education community and national media. He conducted seminars and interviews, visited schools and universities and appeared on television, radio and in newspapers.
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