Rod Weatherhead

Rod provides school improvement services to primary schools. He worked a School Improvement Partner (SIP) and link advisor working with primary schools in Bradford, Bury and Manchester local authorities. He remains available to provide the services to primary schools previously provided by school improvement partners.

As the headteacher of Heybrook Primary School in Rochdale for twelve years Rod led the school through three successful Ofsted inspections. Previously he had been the headteacher of Darnhill Primary School in Heywood for nine years. Darnhill School served an all white disadvantaged community with a high proportion of the pupils having special educational needs and displaying very challenging behaviour. Heybrook is a very large school with over five hundred pupils from Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage communities in Rochdale’s most deprived ward. All of the pupils have English as an additional language.

Rod qualified as an Ofsted inspector in 1993 and has experience of inspecting English as an additional language, special educational needs, school management and all National Curriculum subjects. He is a specialist mathematics teacher and has led teams of both primary and secondary mathematics teachers.

Rod was a prominent member of the Pioneers Educational Action Zone from 2002 to 2008. In 2003 he completed a post-graduate certificate in educational leadership development and consultancy at the University of Manchester. He was an accredited external advisor to governing bodies for the annual performance review of headteachers for three years, and is a nationally accredited school improvement partner (SIP). Rod worked as a trainer, facilitator, assessor and tutor on the National College of School Leadership’s (NCSL) National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH) programme from 2004. He worked as a leadership mentor on the NCSL’s Leadership Pathways programme. He is an accredited coach for the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services’ NPQH programme. He coaches trainee headteachers in primary, secondary and special schools.

He is the facilitator and associate consultant to the Inspirational Professional Learning Community Network of seven Rochdale primary schools and a special school working in challenging circumstances.

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