HEP Talks’ latest episode is a conversation with Alex Atherton, former headteacher and current HEP Improvement Partner and leadership coach.
In the first part of the interview, I wanted to understand the way in which Alex had landed his headship at quite a young age, and to see if he thought that journey was replicable nowadays.
This led us down some interesting conversational pathways, including themes of privilege and how education changed through the years (especially in terms of technology, data, and the focus of schools).
One key topic that continually came up was how skills developed by education professionals in their field are translatable to other fields, despite that not typically being the perception. Heads and teachers deal with multiple management, behaviour, psychological, and administrative issues every day. When they look for jobs outside of school, they fail to realise how much their experience is worth.
In the second part of the interview, I wanted to discover more about what Alex is doing now, specifically about leadership coaching and his work concerning Generation Z. I really enjoyed these topics as some of the same themes came up – translatable educational skills, change over time – but also new ones, such as how to deal with an increasingly multi-generational workforce.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Alex’s leadership coaching, follow this link : https://www.alexatherton.com/

Listen to the full interview on HEP Talks

As always, we hope you enjoy listening to the full interview on HEP Talks, which can be found on AppleSpotifyGoogle, or wherever you get your podcasts.
If you have a topic that you’re interested in or want to talk about on our podcast, please send me an email at Luke.Kemper@haringeyeducationpartnership.co.uk and you might get featured on an upcoming episode. Stay tuned to HEP Talks!

About the Author:

Luke Kemper

Luke Kemper is Insight and Intelligence Lead at HEP. He recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development. Before that, he worked for seven years as a university lecturer and high school teacher in China and Poland.

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