Carl Ward

Carl Ward

Board Member,
Confederation of Schools

Carl is Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust, a 3 to 19 MAT in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.   He has worked as a senior leader over the last 18 years and has been a teacher for 26 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across a number of settings.  He is Chair of the Careers and Enterprise Companies Education Advisory Board and a member of the Board of the Confederation of School Trusts.  He is also a council member for both the International Confederation of Principals and the European School Headteachers Association.   He was ASCL President in 2017-2018 and between 2009 and 2011, he was part of the Prime Minister’s Talent & Enterprise Taskforce and has advised the Number 10 policy unit on a number of aspects of Education.  Carl has been Chair of the Schools Cooperative Society, a member of the Education Funding Agency Advisory Board and the DfE Schools and Academy’s Funding Group (SAFG).   He also chaired the College of Teaching Trustees selection committee and has been a member of various DfE’s policy groups.  Carl has regional, national and international experience in leadership development and school to school improvement, and has supported national and international projects and conferences for a range of organisations.   In 2009, he was awarded the DfE Sinnott Fellowship for outstanding work to create outward facing schools. In 2010 his school received the Business in the Community National Education Award for Community Excellence and in 2015 his school received two national awards from the DfE for outstanding performance.

Join sector leaders behind the development of the Teacher Retention and Recruitment Strategy to gain insights on the new strategy and its implications for the future retention and recruitment of teachers

  • Sharing the process and thinking behind the development of the strategy and how it will impact training, recruitment and retention
  • Outlining the importance of flexible working for teachers and how a new job searching website could boost recruitment and retention
  • Discussing the next steps in the construction and development of the Early Career Framework
  • Answering direct concerns and questions on how schools can tackle the recruitment crisis