So, You Want To Be A Successful Academy Trust Leader?

Sir David Carter shares his recipe for successful academy trust leadership.

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Sir David Carter shares his recipe for successful multi-academy trust leadership, such as the 5 things to focus on when turning around a failing school, the 4 most important aptitudes of a trust CEO, and how to effectively transfer best practice between schools.

Starting as a music teacher, Sir David Carter has spent thirty years in school leadership before becoming one of the first Regional Schools Commissioners and then serving as National School Commissioner between 2016 and 2018.

Currently, Sir David Carter is the Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute, and a Trustee of the Laidlaw FoundationCentrepointTeaching Awards & Talent Foundry Trust.

This is an exclusive preview of Sir David’s brand new book Leading Academy Trusts: Why some fail, but most don't, which you can pre-order here.


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