Alastair’s career has encompassed three Headships, work on education strategy at a local and national level and the setting up of new education organisations. His first Headship was a single form entry primary, after which he moved to become the founding Head of a new secondary school in North East London, before becoming Principal of one of the first Academies, an all age school that included primary, secondary and SEN provision. This experience led him to co-found the Consortium for All Through Schooling. He has also worked as Director of the Reed Foundation’s Academy of Enterprise, where he designed the first national GCSE level qualification in Enterprise Capabilities, and Director of Educational Leadership for a national education charity.
In 2007, he was appointed as the Secretary and lead professional for an eighteen- month strategic commission on the future of the UK’s Jewish schools, following which he was asked to establish and lead a new strategy organisation, Partnerships for Jewish Schools. Here he designed new routes into teaching, including a work-based Education BA and a new Masters in Jewish Education. From there he moved to become the first Chief Executive of the Birmingham Education Partnership, where he helped develop the national Association of Education Partnerships.
He has most recently worked as an education consultant for the Careers and Enterprise Company and is currently developing a chartermark scheme for schools, based around the ‘three ds’ of democracy, diversity and dialogue. He has always enjoyed bringing disparate voices together to ‘think out loud about the art of the possible’ and so he is particularly excited at the opportunity to co-ordinate the work of the FED and bring so much shared wisdom together.