TV head wants to help ‘disappeared’ school leader

James Pope aims to bring together 250 school leaders who have either been driven out of the profession, or who feel under pressure, to debate how things could be done differently.

"I was just appalled at the scale of this across the system. The number of people who got in touch and said either they were being pushed to behave in certain ways, or they felt vulnerable or indeed they had already left the system. The idea for Heads Up snowballed out of that.”

“Most of those people have already got a really good track record in schools but then you make a mistake, or rather a perceived mistake on a particular metric and you are gone. I just don’t think we can afford to do that.”