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Introducing Phil Hearne, CLA’s new Director of Education

13th November 2018

Phil Hearne, CLA Director of EducationWe’re pleased to welcome Phil Hearne to CLA as our new Director of Education. Phil brings valuable experience to the role from his background as an education professional and an author.

Philip began his career in education as a history teacher on Merseyside in 1983, before moving to Kent and then South London. He became the Deputy Headteacher of a large secondary school in Kent in 1993, and his first headship started in North London in 1997.

Highlights of Phil’s career include creating one of the first academies in the country (confirmed as good with outstanding features) and also leading and supporting the transformation a failing academy into an outstanding one. He then spent three years in the north east of England successfully managing and improving the outcomes for seven primary schools, three special schools and a high school whilst managing them into one single 3-19 academy (physically reducing from 11 sites to 5 with three new builds). Phil has managed significant change in complex organisations and difficult situations; gaining the trust and faith of sponsors, governors, staff, students and their families as well as the wider communities. 

Latterly, he has carved out a niche as one of the leading Consultant & Interim Principals in the secondary education sector; specialising in the turnaround of challenging schools, enabling every child and young person to fulfil their educational potential.

Phil said, “I have enjoyed creating well balanced and aligned teams at all levels often in very challenging circumstances; many of my senior colleagues have gone on to lead their own schools.”

On top of all this, Phil has worked with universities in the UK and Australia, addressed a number of conferences, co-authored two books on education and is an ILM trained coach.

On joining CLA, Phil said, “I am delighted to be here working with CLA as the Director of Education.  As an author and an educationist, I understand the importance of supporting creativity.”

As well as his new role as Director of Education at CLA, Phil currently volunteers as a producer and presenter at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio where he has the responsibility for presenting a Friday evening show.