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Paul Smith

CEO, Future Academies

Over almost 20 years Paul has gained wide experience in schools, leading his own schools to be judged as Outstanding by Ofsted and turning around some of the toughest schools in the North of England. Paul started his career in Primary Education teaching across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. He has also spent time as an Advanced Skills Teacher teaching in KS3 and KS4. Paul has gained a reputation for leading highly effective teams to secure outstanding outcomes for all pupils regardless of background.

Through his work with the National College of Teaching and Leadership, as an NLE and head of a Teaching School, he has worked on developing several national programmes looking at improving system leadership in the sector. He has worked on several key development groups at the Department for Education over the last 15 years including the National Headteacher reference group. Paul has also worked as an Ofsted inspector and has taken part in international visits to schools in Shanghai, Sweden and South Africa.

More recently Paul took up the post as one of the first Regional Schools Commissioner at the Department for Education (he was responsible for Lancashire and West Yorkshire). Raising standards across schools in the North West of England and establishing the Blackpool Challenge initiative to raise outcomes in the local area. Paul is Accounting Officer for the Trust.