Paul’s professional career started in the Careers Service, advising young people about career options beyond school. He then took up roles in further education, setting up a new Guidance Centre in Teesside and centralising student services and tutorial support at Wakefield College.
Moving into a local authority role, Paul managed the ‘widening educational opportunities programme’ for North Lincolnshire Council, a project designed to reduce school exclusions; the project resulted in a zero exclusions arrangement with schools and no permanent exclusions for a period of 4 years. This led to roles as LA Adviser, then service manager for learner engagement. During this time, Paul also managed the ‘Inspiring Communities’ project for NE Lincs Council after writing a successful bid for £500k to support this 2 year programme.
Paul then took up his role as head of education inclusion/virtual school headteacher with the London Borough of Havering. During this time he worked, with the support of school leaders, to raise the profile of inclusion, including work to establish The Bridge at Frances Bardsley school site, a new AP Academy for Havering, an exclusions concordat and refreshing of IYFAP protocols. After three years in this role, Paul moved on to Leicester to take up a role as Director of Learning and Inclusion, overseeing a range of education support services including school improvement, governor services, SEND, Admissions, school place planning, careers service, school catering, education welfare and the virtual school.
Following voluntary retirement in January 2020, Paul has worked as an education consultant and is currently supporting Bury Council as interim virtual school head teacher.