West Midlands


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West Midlands

Area Representative:
Richard Gill



Richard Gill has spent more than 20 years as a Teacher, Headteacher, Senior Leader and has sat on
numerous Dfe advisory working parties and committees. . He has successfully led a number of high
profile initiatives, including the creation of one of the country’s first 100 teaching schools.

A National Leader of Education, Vice Chair of Birmingham Education Partnership and Ofsted
inspector, I am currently Chief Executive of a respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry
Learning Partnership The ATLP runs seven primary and secondary schools, one teaching school and
five children’s centres, serving more than 5,000 students and 1,000 staff and governors.

The ATLP has successfully provided school-to- school support since 2008 and, in addition to our
existing family of schools, we have been appointed as school improvement partners to two
neighbouring schools. Prior to my current position, I was the joint Headteacher of the outstanding
Arthur Terry School, which is consistently ranks highly in local and national league tables. During that
time, I led on the application to become one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country and only
two providers of Initial Teacher Training at that time – an area now recognised as a centre of

Today, my focus is to oversee the next stage of the Partnership’s development to ensure it continues
to deliver quality education to all its academies across Coleshill, Erdington and Sutton Coldfield,
while growing to support new schools in Staffordshire and Birmingham.

I am proud to be the elected Teaching Schools Council Member for the West Midlands. Much has
been achieved across our sub-regions and our Teaching School community continues to grow and
develop. I am fortunate to work alongside some excellent Headteachers and Directors of Teaching
Schools who, like me, are committed to true collaboration in a school led system. We enjoy an
excellent close working relationship with our strategic partners at Ofsted and within the RSC team:
all committed to ensuring that all pupils can attend a great school. I continue to serve on a range of
committees and working groups at the DfE.

My ambition is to improve education for all. I’ve dedicated my career to working with young people
in Staffordshire, and now Birmingham and North Warwickshire. My TSC role allows me to work across all of the West Midlands region and I am very much looking forward to welcoming our
Cheshire colleagues during 2017/18.

You can contact me here: richard.gill@tscouncil.org.uk

Regional Activity

National Leaders of Governance
The West Midlands NLG Champion, George Craig, is supported by six other NLG Advocates supporting effective governance across the region.
Contact: George Craig gcraig745@googlemail.com

Women Leading in Education
A national contract to encourage more women to pursue a career in leadership in education through network events, inspirational speakers and guidance. Contact: Anne Maingay am@painsley.staffs.sch.uk

Coaching Pledge
A pledge to increase the number of women in leadership positions by raising the profile and encouraging region wide engagement with the National Coaching Pledge. Contact: Anne Maingay am@painsley.staffs.sch.uk

Regional Induction Process
Induction for new Teaching Schools and system leaders in the West Midlands is provided by the Regional Coordinator. Contact: kelvin.peel@tscouncil.org.uk

Peer Review
Quality assurance of Teaching School work in the region is organised through a peer review process involving self-evaluation and visiting peers from other Teaching Schools. Contact: kelvin.peel@tscouncil.org.uk

Conferences and Events
The regional Spring conference takes place in Droitwich Spa each May bringing together system leaders from across the region. Visit:www.wmschoolled.co.uk

Teaching School Council

The Teaching Schools Council (TSC) is a national body representing all Teaching Schools in England.

The Council is made up of 20 elected members, with either a national or regional remit, who direct and shape the work of Teaching Schools through discussion with government ministers and senior officials.

The Teaching Schools Council exists to provide:
• A regulator role
• A facilitator role
• An advisor role
Visit www.tscouncil.org.uk

TSC representatives are serving school leaders of designated Teaching Schools, elected by Teaching Schools in their region or co-opted to provide national specialist advice.


Richard Gill, one of the first Teaching School Directors. Currently he is Chief Executive of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (TSAandMAT) and Vice Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership.

Ambition and Vision

In the West Midlands our vision is that every child should attend a great school. Great schools are achievable through open and collaborative sharing where all partners are givers and receivers of support.

We aim to do this through:
•  A coherent, informed and coordinated regional system for developing and deploying system leaders maximising effective school-to-school support.
• Growing system leadership according to local need to ensure that there is an effective school-led system in operation, providing continuous improvement with in and across the region at every level.
• Robust and fit for purpose capability for recruiting and developing the teacher workforce to meet regional needs.
• Recognising the educational landscape and the value that all partners can play in achieving our goal

Regional Infrastructure

To achieve the West Midlands’ ambition and vision, TSC Representative Richard Gill has put the following infrastructure in place:

Regional Coordinator The West Midlands Regional Coordinator, Kelvin Peel, provides extra leadership and delivery capacity.

Local Leads The West Midlands region is split into seven subregions with sub-regional leads providing support in their respective areas.