Headteacher, Parklands Primary School
Chris Dyson is the headteacher at Parklands Primary, situated on one of Europe's largest council estates in Leeds. The most deprived school in Leeds, with 74% Pupil Premium, when Chris arrived at the school 4 years ago, it had been deemed inadequate and had 150 exclusions in a year. Today exclusions are zero, the school has the highest progress score for maths in the country, and Ofsted has recently judged the school outstanding. Chris still has largely the same team as when he arrived, but has changed the culture of the school, with the proverbial 'carrot' being used rather than a stick, coaching used with staff, and the wellbeing of staff and children becoming the driving force. Chris is now an NLE and sharing the story of how he achieved this transformation with leaders from other schools. He can also be found sharing joy, excitement and positively aplenty on Twitter at @ChrisDysonHT
How Using a Carrot Can Get Investment in School
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In a time of educational funding meltdown, now is the time for Head Teachers to think out of the box and be creative with regards to funding. I will share the Parklands story of deprivation, love, smiles and how businesses helped the school to become the single highest performing school in maths in the entire country.