Kevin Simpson - Head of the Teaching Alliance

I am currently the Executive Principal and CEO of the Aspire Educational Trust and have worked in education for the last 17 years.  I have been Head Teacher of Ash Grove Academy for the past six years taking it from ‘school causing concern’ in 2009 to ‘outstanding in all areas’ in 2013.  Since becoming outstanding we have been designated a National Teaching School, National Support School and DFE sponsor.

As Head of the Aspirer Teaching Alliance I have been involved in all aspects of the 'Big 3' ranging from running research and development projects, leading ITT, and designing and delivering courses to a range of practitioners.

As a champion for pupil premium I have been commissioned to carry out over 50 pupil premium reviews across Cheshire East.  In addition I have developed several CPD opportunities including ‘Middle Leadership for Pupil Premium Leads’, ‘Pupil Premium and SEN’ and ‘Moving from Good to Outstanding.’  All of these courses have been fully attended and rated very highly.

I am a National Leader of Education and as a result I have completed several deployments on behalf of the LA and other Academy Trusts.  Our work has been recognised by the DFE (Broken Cross Academy) and OFSTED (Peover Superior Primary School).  As a DFE sponsor I am currently supporting a school in Cheshire East, results have improved at all levels and the school is on an upward journey.   I am passionate about school improvement and giving EVERY child the opportunities to achieve their full potential, regardless of their background.