Chris Dyson, was the headteacher at Parklands Primary, situated on one of Europe's largest council estates in Leeds. One of the most deprived schools in Leeds, with 64% Pupil Premium, when Chris arrived at the school, it had been deemed inadequate and had 150 suspensions in a year. By the time he left, exclusions had dropped to only 1 in 9 years, the school has the highest progress score for Maths in the country and were in the Top 5% in Reading and Writing. Ofsted judged the school outstanding.
Chris's strength is changing the culture of schools, with the proverbial 'carrot' being used rather than a stick, coaching used with staff, and the wellbeing of staff and children becoming the driving force.
Chris is the Deputy CEO of a Trust in Birmingham with 3000 children, The Create Trust, where in March 2023 one of the schools moved from Inadequate (ungraded) to Good by Inspectors.