‘It’s an enormous privilege to be involved in promoting and sharing the many and varied ways that sporting heritage can enrich young people’s learning right across the curriculum. I couldn’t be more excited by the opportunity to further develop the education network and encourage innovation and creativity in thinking about what we can offer for them in our schools.’
Derek is the Headteacher of Park House School in Newbury, a mixed 11-18 Academy of 1150 students and former Daily Telegraph National Specialist Sports College of the Year.
Derek has played a leading role in regional, national and international sports education initiatives. He helped to develop resources for the London 2012 Get Set Education programme and additionally contributed materials to the BBC World Olympic Dreams initiative for use in schools nationally and internationally.
In 2012 Derek was appointed as the first Chair of the Youth Sport Trust’s national Headteacher Strategy Group to promote the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy and in 2013 received the inaugural Sir John Madejski Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Sport.
The school’s use of sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Values to build confidence in learning across the curriculum featured as a case study in Demos’ 2015 Report, Character Nation. In this context, Derek’s ‘values-driven ambition for students’ has been praised by Ofsted as a distinctive feature of his leadership.
As a result of the breadth of his work, Derek was shortlisted for the 2016 Times Education Supplement National Headteacher of the Year Award. Most recently, his innovative blogs on educational change, combining aspects of popular culture with learning from the world of sport, have led to a nomination as Education Blogger of the Year.
Derek is a graduate of Oriel College, Oxford University where he read Modern History and, as a subject leader in that curriculum area in the 1990s, contributed to the development of the National Curriculum and was a GCSE and A Level textbook author and Chief Examiner.