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Movers & Shakers: Michael Tidd, Richard Hadfield and Lisa Fathers

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Michael Tidd has been appointed operational headteacher at Medmerry primary school in West Sussex.

The school is a member of the multi-academy trust Schoolsworks, which has five primaries: Medmerry, Rose Green junior, Edward Bryant, River Beach and Rustington community primary.

Tidd, who writes a weekly column for The TES, is currently deputy head of  Edgewood primary school in Nottinghamshire.

Speaking of his appointment, he said: “I am very pleased to be taking my first step into headship and am excited about getting to know Medmerry’s pupils, staff and the wider school community.

“I started my teaching career in West Sussex, and am looking forward to returning to the area in the coming months.”


Richard Hadfield is the new co-principal of the Temple Learning Academy in east Leeds.

The school – which opened at the end of 2015 – is a free school for 4 to 16-year-olds and will welcome its first cohort of year 7 pupils in September.

The school initially opened to 60 reception children and is expected to reach full capacity in 2021.

Hadfield was vice-principal of Nottingham University Samworth Academy. Before this he was assistant head and deputy head at Westfield School in Sheffield.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “With a cross range of educational knowledge and experience, together we will lead on all aspects of building our innovative and successful all-through academy.”

He will work alongside co-principal Matthew Browne to ensure a smooth crossover between the primary and secondary phase at the school.

Browne, said of his new colleague: “We joke that we are long-lost twins because we think the same way: we are ambitious for change and we have the same vision for building a world-class school at the heart of our community and with the community in our heart.”


Lisa Fathers has been appointed to the new Greater Manchester Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

She takes up the position alongside her current roles as co-principal of the Bright Futures Educational Trust and head of Teaching School at Alliance for Learning, a network of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities across the north west of England.

Fathers does extensive work surrounding health and wellbeing; she currently chairs the Greater Manchester Headteacher Alliance for PE, Sport & Health, is a Youth Sport Trust ambassador headteacher and a mental health first aid Instructor with Mental Health England.

In her role at Alliance, Fathers has also been assessing schools’ approaches to mental health and wellbeing in the north west, and is helping them to teach mindfulness.

She said that she is “really pleased” to become a member of the board. “I look forward to joining forces with partners to improve the lives of our children and young people in Greater Manchester.”


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  1. Thanks for the mention – we are delighted that Michael will be working with us from September. Just for the record, since 1st May Schoolsworks has 6 primaries as East Preston Junior School converted and joined us.