Frank Crawford

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Speaker Topics

  • User Voice
  • Systems Thinking
  • Systems Leadership
  • Student Engagement
  • Strategy
  • Self Evaluation
  • School Improvement
  • Professional Development
  • Motivation
  • Learning
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Futures Thinking
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Creativity
  • 21st Century Learning

Introduction

Frank is a freelance education consultant working with individual schools and groups of schools (including with learners and parents), education authorities, government departments and charities. He is a former HM Chief Inspector of Education in Scotland. Frank acts as a coach to senior leaders. He has also worked with health services and a number of national agencies. His main current focus is on how people at all levels in organisations can lead change and transformation to improve outcomes. In education, he makes critical links across learners, teachers, schools and systems to achieve improvements.
Frank has been involved in a number of international projects ranging across issues such as school transformation, inspection, quality indicators, inter-disciplinary learning, professional and career development, and health and wellbeing. He has been a keynote speaker and conference chair at innumerable conferences and events in all parts of the UK and has given talks and provided advice in countries and regions such as Canada, China, South Korea, a range of European countries and in Australia.
Frank's style of presentation is particularly engaging, interactive, thought-provoking and challenging.

Current Positions Held

Advisor on a range of educational issues.
International speaker

Personal Achievements and Awards

Headed the team that developed the award-winning online CPD resource for teachers (selected for and available also on iTunesU) - The Journey to Excellence.
Headed the team in Scotland that devised the quality indicators in the first edition of the internationally known self-evaluation tool 'How good is our school?'.
First Class Honours science degree majoring in ecological systems and learning.
Masters Degree in education majoring in educational leadership and curriculum development.

Relevant Career and Professional Background

Frank has been a Chief Inspector of Education in Scotland for more than a decade and has covered a wide range of remits that have included self-evaluation, national reporting on standards and quality, good practice, designing inspections, school improvement planning, primary education, secondary education, additional support needs and applying data and research to school improvement.
Over twenty years in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education in Scotland, more than ten years of which was as a Chief Inspector of Education.
Headed the team that developed the award-winning online CPD resource for teachers (selected for and available also on iTunesU) - The Journey to Excellence.
Headed the team in Scotland that devised the quality indicators in the first edition of the internationally known self-evaluation tool 'How good is our school?'.
Devised the first state-of-the-nation report on Scottish schools.
Chaired the Scottish Schools Ethos Network.
Senior manager in a large comprehensive school.
Staff Development Officer for Glasgow City for two years.
Various committees developing new examinations, teaching resources and curriculum resources in science and health education and on assessment and qualifications.
Frank took up his first teaching job in 1969 and when a teacher, he was seconded or worked part-time on a range of local and national educational initiatives.

Additional Information

As well as being a keynote speaker and conference chair, Frank can lead a one-day practical seminar introducing a range of highly effective change leadership tools. The one-day seminar comprises a number of workshops and discussion sessions. It includes: introducing real-world contexts such as robotics, bio-engineering and artificial intelligence that demonstrate how ‘change' is such a constant for us all and is accelerating; getting to grips with, and building towards our ideal future using a generic process that you can use with others; understanding and adapting to change using a leadership tool that helps to alter your own perception of change as a team member or leader; communicating a compelling story of change in a way that is more likely to engender success and gather others to your ‘cause’; and planning a change initiative or project including elegant and simple approaches to taking risks, stretching your thinking and generating measures of success. All participants should be able to leave with a detailed implementation plan for one of their own initiatives or projects.
The seminar is suitable for up to 100 delegates and is also highly suitable for a single senior leadership team of a school/organisation.
Price for the whole day is £2500 + travel expenses + vat.
Please email to request further details.
Typical Feedback:

Outstanding! Provocative. Terrific. Challenging. Inspiring! Thought provoking. Excellent. Relevant. Applicable. Brilliant.

Highly relevant; highly motivating; highly educationally sound.

Excellent presentation – clear and precise

Thought provoking, seeding a lot of new ideas and ‘quest’ for knowledge about these issues.

Excellent presentation with helpful strategies/innovations that can be implemented in the classroom as an individual staff and as a school community at large

Frank Crawford was able to share his insights with such intellect, wisdom and humour - thank you!

Frank talks about the need for learners to have aspirations…he continues to inspire us all!

For availability or to book this speaker please email enquiries@slaterbaker.com or call 07595 820211 / 07919 216280