Paul Ainsworth

Academy Improvement Lead/Head of the Teaching School

I joined the Trust in January 2015, and am currently the Head of the David Ross Education Trust’s Teaching School.

My role sees me working with staff at every level. I oversee our Initial Teacher Training, CPD and Leadership Programmes as well as School to School Support.

Over the last few years, I have been developing the Teaching School’s offer for staff across the Trust.

There are now over thirty teachers designated as Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), and our staff benefit from a range of development programmes whether they are in the first years of teaching or are experienced system leaders. I am also responsible for Challenge for Good and Challenge for Outstanding, which run across all clusters to improve the quality of teaching in individual academies.

I am proud that DRET really makes a difference, whether it is in small rural academies, or in larger academies in urban areas.

Career history

Having spent 14 years as a senior leader in both the state and Independent sector, Paul initially joined the Trust as an Academy Advisor, providing additional support for secondary schools in areas including tracking behaviour and attainment, the use of pupil premium and the teaching of mathematics.

Paul has written widely on education issues for a variety of publications including TES, Gifted & Talented Update, Secondary Headship and the Prep School magazine as well as serving on the editorial board of Sec Ed.

He has also written six books; Developing a self-evaluating school, Get that teaching job, and Middle Leadership (Bloomsbury), School Partnerships Handbook, The Senior Leader’s Yearbook and Tackling in-school variation (Optimus Education).