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ALWAYS BE CYNICAL OF WHO IS TELLING THE STORY

Richard Freeman talks to Vic Goddard.

Vic has been described as ‘the most famous headteacher in the UK’, following his decision to work with Channel 4 on the groundbreaking documentary series, ‘Educating Essex’. The BAFTA-winning programme looked under the bonnet of life at Passmores Academy, a modern comprehensive secondary school in Harlow, and the relationships and learning that happens in such a complex ecosystem.

Vic’s whole life and mission has been in education and it is something about which he is outspoken and unafraid to defend – particularly when the spotlight is bright and the scrutiny intense.

Vic’s 2014 book ‘The Best Job In The World’ is a call to arms for more people to join the teaching profession, especially to aspire to school leadership positions.

We spoke in early autumn 2018, about TV, education policy, dealing with having a high profile and what the mission education school be.

Useful links:

Vic Goddard on Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Job-World-Vic-Goddard/dp/1781351104

On inspiring teachers (The Guardian)

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/29/vic-goddard-educating-essex-how-to-guide-heads

‘Educating Essex’ clips

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/educating-essex/videos/all/mr-goddard-head-teacher-interview/2828742166001

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Richard Freeman appeared for always possible and this podcast is produced and edited by CJ Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts.

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