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Building sustainable capacity at The Academy at St James


When Chris Tolson took the helm of The Academy at St James, the school was grappling with the fallout of being in a special measures category. This tumultuous period was marked by instability and a concerning trend of more staff departing than arriving. Amidst these challenges, the urgent need to elevate the quality of teaching and learning stood out starkly.

Confronted with these realities, Chris and his team were propelled to find solutions to critical questions: How could the school attract and retain high-quality teachers? What strategies could be implemented to enhance the expertise of the existing teaching staff? And importantly, how could the school support and enrich the career trajectories of its teachers?

Read the case study here: The Academy at St James

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