Bruce Liddington

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Biographical Information

"Sir Bruce Liddington qualified as a teacher after graduating in English at Queen Mary University, London. After a period head of English and deputy head at schools in Staffordshire and Buckinghamshire, he was appointed Head of Northampton School for Boys in 1986. He took the school from a state of failure to huge success. In 1999 he moved to the department for education where he held senior posts in the academies team before being appointed Schools Commissioner for England.

"In 2009 he was appointed as Director General of multi academy sponsor E-ACT, with a remit to develop and improve educational prospects for pupils in the trust’s academies. Sir Bruce’s key ingredients for the success of the academies are: focused and professional governance; effective and inspirational leadership; absolute standards – of behaviour, learning and attainment; the best facilities and equipment; good training and coaching for all staff; uncompromising challenge and review; partnerships – with councils, and other good schools, further and higher education, and business"[1]

"In 2010-11, he received almost £300,000 in wages and pension contributions, making him one of the best-paid people in education. He stepped down from E-Act after it was revealed that the academy chain had become the first to be given a financial “notice to improve” by the Education Funding Agency." [2]

Relevant Career and Professional Background

  • 2006 - 2009 - Schools Commissioner for England
  • 1999 - 2006 - Department for Education held senior posts in the Academies Team
  • 1986 – 1999 - Head, Northampton School for Boys (replaced by by Michael Griffiths)

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  1. slaterbaker Bruce Liddington, organizational web page, accessed May 24, 2013.
  2. TES ‘Extravagant’ expenses and £393K ‘irregularities’, organizational web page, accessed May 24, 2013.