The hero leader (super head) model, beloved of politicians and so long advocated, accurately reflects the career experience of a cadre of highly confident, strongly assertive individuals; but what works for a few doesn’t necessarily scale up across a whole system.
Kieran is the Chief Executive Officer of One Education Ltd, an ethical and successful school support company which was established in 2011 for one purpose and one purpose only; to benefit children by supporting schools.
With his background in business, headship and senior roles in local government, he brings a unique approach to the post local authority education ecology.
Kieran is at the forefront of the new wave of school business innovation, and is widely recognised as a leader in education transformation whilst having a pragmatic approach to the services which make a real difference to schools and the children they serve.
He believes strongly in school autonomy and in education decision making being at its best when it is undertaken by those who are closest to the needs of the children they serve.
Kieran McDermott has written 5 posts
George Osborne announced today that every state school is to become an academy by 2020, or at least to be in possession of an academy order for 2022 conversion. Whilst all this is being reported as new, it is effectively a recalibration of Michael Gove’s original 2010 plan for full academisation to be secured by 2015.