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Sir Alasdair Macdonald

Alasdair was Headteacher of Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets for 21 years up to August 2013. During that period, attainment at the school rose significantly and OFSTED inspections in both 2007 and 2013 rated Morpeth as Outstanding. The school was featured as one of the 12 schools in the OFSTED publication “Achieving against the odds” as well as being the London Evening Standard’s first ever “Most Improved School”.

Prior to this Alasdair worked in a range of roles in schools in London but also in Malawi and Papua New Guinea. He was a member of the Department of Education’s Headteacher Reference Group and was asked to lead a national review of Personal, Social and Health Education. In 2003 he was awarded the CBE and in 2009 he was Knighted for services to education, both in Tower Hamlets and nationally. He is currently working for the Welsh Government as their Pupil Premium Advocate and as an Adviser on their Schools Challenge programme. He is also mentoring a group of young Headteachers and is Chair of the New Visions Group.

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