Matthew is a skilled education leader with over 20 years’ experience in the state sector, working in high performing schools in central London. A graduate of Durham University, he worked as a music teacher, Director of Music and as an Advanced Skills Teacher at an outstanding London school. From 2004-2014, he worked extensively with primary and secondary schools and education authorities, national music organisations and arts venues, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, (Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal College of Music).
As Music consultant for Westminster Authority he worked with 50 Primary schools to develop music programmes to engage children in meaningful music education. For the past 12 years he worked as part of a dynamic senior leadership team, delivering high quality teaching and learning and professional development opportunities for teachers and led the set-up of a new free secondary school. He is now Principal of an all through school, providing education for children aged 3 – 18 in North London.
Having graduated with an honours degree in music from Manchester University I became a jazz musician touring with a variety of groups both nationally and internationally whilst also completing a PGCE with the Institute of Education, University of London. Upon gaining qualified teacher status in 2003 I became a music teacher and in 2006 became Head of Music Technology at an outstanding School in Westminster. During this time I completed a Masters Degree in ‘School Effectiveness and School Improvement’ at the Institute of Education and became Head of Music at a school in Oxfordshire in 2009.
As well as developing the music department at the Oxfordshit school, including training three newly qualified teachers, I became a qualified coach through the National College of School Leaders and led their Outstanding Teacher Programme. Within this role I worked with numerous schools in the Oxfordshire area developing their teachers into outstanding practitioners.
In 2013 my was granted permission to open a Sixth Form and I was placed in charge of organising and setting up the Sixth Form. I continued as Head of 16 – 19 study until moving back to London in 2015. I was appointed as an Assistant Headteacher at a school in East London and Vice Principal of the Southern Consortium which incorporates five schools working together to provide an outstanding Sixth Form education for young adults in Barking and Dagenham. I continue to work hard advancing my own practice and working with others to develop and enhance their teaching.