University to honour former student who turned around struggling school while still in his 20s

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Birmingham City University

A former Birmingham City University student who has strived to improve the performance of learning and teaching within East London schools, is among the outstanding former students to be honoured at the University’s forthcoming graduation ceremonies.

Paul Harris graduated with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education in 1998 and is being honoured as one of the University’s Alumni of the Year, in the Community Engagement and Leadership category.

After graduating from Birmingham City University, Paul moved to Newham, East London, where he worked in a number of schools before becoming Deputy Head of Kensington Primary School, and then headteacher at Curwen Primary and Nursery School in 2006.

Paul quickly made his mark at Curwen, and transformed a previously struggling school into one which was judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted just three years later. In doing so he was approached by a number of other London authorities to share his expertise and has since been appointed as a School Improvement Adviser for the local authority, as well as a National Leader of Education, supporting other struggling schools.

Paul’s achievements were recognised last year when he was named ‘Headteacher of the Year’ at the prestigious 2015 TES Schools Awards.

On being honoured by Birmingham City University, Paul said:

Paul will receive his Alumni of the Year Award at the University’s Graduation ceremony taking place on Tuesday 26 July at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

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