Paul Sorby - Curriculum Development, Diagnostics - Director of Curriculum, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Having begun his curriculum leadership pathway as Head of Maths at a school in North Yorkshire, Paul moved to Outwood Grange, Wakefield in September 2003 as Assistant Head leading on the school's Specialism at the time, of Technology. Two years later, he was appointed to Vice Principal Deep Experience (inc Curriculum). When the school started working to support other schools, mainly through the National Leader of Education initiative, Curriculum Design and Curriculum Led Financial Planning was deemed to be some of the key components of school improvement; Paul was subsequently appointed as an Associate Principal, Director of Curriculum working across all schools in what became the Outwood Grange Family of Schools.

Paul holds the NPQH qualification and has worked closely with the SSAT in the past, having been an SSAT Curriculum Design Lead Practitioner for two years and delivered curriculum presentations and workshops at regional and national conferences. Closer to home, through the Outwood Institute of Education , over the last four years Paul has delivered 20+ curriculum design workshops at Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield and a similar number of bespoke, site-based consultancy days at various schools across the country.

As of September 2016, Outwood Grange Academies Trust is running 15 secondary schools and 5 primary schools, spread across the Yorkshire and Humber region, North Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Teeside. Paul’s role as Associate Principal, Director of Curriculum has been, and still is, a mix of both strategic and hands-on; and has always been, and will continue to be, about creating curriculums and timetables in all our schools and academies, which are economically viable, fit for purpose and enable students to achieve successful and life changing outcomes.