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Paul Luxmoore

I am executive Head of Coastal Academies Trust, which is based entirely in Thanet, Kent and consists of one outstanding primary school and four secondaries, one of which is a selective school and two of which are viewed by many as the most challenging and the lowest performing schools in the south east. All the secondaries are IB World schools offering the International Baccalaureate Careers-related Programme, or the IB Diploma Programme.  As an NLE, I have been Executive Head of two schools in special measures. I am committed to using education to transform the fortunes of Thanet, but I spend much of my time battling against the many constraints that obstruct us from being able to do our jobs effectively. I believe absolutely that we have collective responsibility for all students and that this should drive our working relationships with each other. I am a co-opted member of the KAH Executive Committee and on the KAH East Board, I am a part of KMTSN and a Director of Leadership Learning South East, as well as a co-opted member of the International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association Steering Committee. I hope I have a good understanding of what a school led self sustaining education system looks like – and of the complicated political systems that both enable and hinder its development.

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Liz Thomas-Friend

Liz is the Executive Headteacher of St Alphege CE Infant School, Sunbeams Nursery, Herne Infant CE School and Windmill Nursery. Liz has considerable leadership experience, having been a  Headteacher since 2011, an Executive Headteacher for two years, and a National Leader of Education since 2015. Liz’s areas of expertise are in leadership development, school improvement across school phases and her passion is for Early Years.

Liz leads Kent Coastal Teaching School which works with two other Teaching Schools to provide training and support to schools across East Kent. The Teaching School offers a wide range of leadership programmes focusing on developing the next generation of school / academy leaders.

Liz is an experienced facilitator on the NPQ programmes and was recently part of a working party developing the materials for the new Executive Leadership programme. Liz is currently Chair of the NPQ committee across the 3 Teaching schools. She also worked with SLEs to write and deliver Aspiring Middle leaders courses which are a pre cursor to the NPQ programmes.

Liz understands the importance of different agencies collaborating to ensure positive outcomes for the young people in East Kent. She has co facilitated with Local Authority colleagues, Teaching School leaders and consultants.

Liz leads the Early Years network of Early Years Heads and Leaders across East Kent.

Liz is a Woman in Leadership Coach developing a rich, inspirational and memorable curriculum based on local community need. She has a strong belief that positive change will occur through promoting high aspirations, giving support and challenge.


Bev Farrell

Bev is the Executive Principal of the Canterbury Primary School which is part of The Canterbury Academy Trust.  Bev has been the Principal of the school since 2010 and under her leadership the school was identified as one of the 100 most improved schools in 2012 and has since secured two 'Good' judgements for the school.  In 2017 the primary school was recognised as a ​Teaching ​School and Bev became a National Leader of Education.  Bev has considerable experience of working within an academy and leads two specialist resource based provisions within the trust. 

Bev also oversees the running of a private nursery on the school site and has a particular passion for research into smooth transitions into school and onto secondary school.

Bev leads the Canterbury City and Coastal Teaching School and ​provides​ support to schools across East Kent. The Teaching School offers a wide range of leadership programmes focusing on developing the next generation of school / academy leaders.

Bev has been a facilitator on the NPQ programmes for a few years and she is currently the chair of the ITT committee across three teaching schools.  


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