"Real students are diverse and complex whilst still having a lot in common. All the complexity is the source of the challenge of teaching but also the joy of it."
- Tom Sherrington
Having trained as a physics teacher, Tom Sherrington has been a teacher and school leader for over 30 years working in a wide range of school contexts around the UK and in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a regular speaker at education conferences for teachers and school leaders and a trustee of the National Baccalaureate Trust.
Having trained as a physics teacher, Tom Sherrington has been a teacher and school leader for over 30 years working in a wide range of school contexts around the UK and in Jakarta, Indonesia. He spent 11 years as a Headteacher and is now an education consultant supporting schools and colleges with teacher development, school improvement, assessment and curriculum design. He is a prolific blogger sharing ideas via his popular website teacherhead.com with a strong twitter following at @teacherhead. He is a regular speaker at education conferences for teachers and school leaders. Tom is also a trustee of the National Baccalaureate Trust. Tom is married to Deb and has two children, Daisy and Sam.
Tom Sherrington is a rare thing - a head teacher who can write, not just elegantly, but intelligently. One would be valuable enough. Being capable of both make him and his work essential reading for school leaders everywhere. He also has the gift of not only a career full of experience, but the capacity to unpack his experience in such a way as to make it not just intelligible, but relevant. One of the reasons for this is that he embraces the complexity of the school leader’s role without losing sight of the overarching moral purposes to leadership. Rather than writing a book- as so many books on leadership are- of ‘here’s what I did and you should do it too,’ he assists the reader in developing their own journey through what may or may not work- and in what contexts. Accessible without being reductivist, intelligent without being opaque, this should be on the bookshelves of any school leader interested in reflecting on what they do.