Malcolm Goddard, Consultant, Optimus Education

Malcolm Goddard

Malcolm has 17 years experience as a primary headteacher, leading his first school from satisfactory to outstanding, and maintaining this over 12 years, and his second from inadequate (LA judgement) to good within three years. Developing others to maximise their effectiveness whilst balancing the wellbeing and motivation of his teams and the overlap between personal and professional development have always been keen interests and areas of learning. Particular expertise and experience includes managing tight budgets and reorganising school teams to maximise impact, and in directly coaching teachers and leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms.

Key highlights
  • Taking his local unpopular underperforming primary school to outstanding and oversubscribed where every child fulfilled their potential
  • Leading a school in very challenging circumstances judged as inadequate by the Local Authority to good in three years
  • Working as school improvement advisor and consultant headteacher for a local authority with responsibility for school leadership across the authority
  • Leading a highly successful collaboration of 26 primary schools as chair elected by his peers
  • Mentoring and coaching headteachers, leaders and teachers to support their growing effectiveness across a number of schools throughout his career
  • Tackling the key issue of performance of pupil premium children through developing an effective whole-school strategy
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