Paul Delbridge-Smith FRSA has enjoyed a broad and distinguished career and is an accomplished and experienced international education management and leadership professional, with over 25 years experience in international education leadership, management and innovation in both the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. His leadership roles and experience are diverse including local, national and international government advisory positions, international school inspections, as well as public and private school leadership. Paul continues his research into innovation and entrepreneurship in education leadership, policy and practice, building on his international research for which he was awarded Masters in Educational Leadership and Innovation (University of Warwick, UK). Paul is a graduate of 4 universities in England (Warwick, Exeter, Bristol and Leicester), and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the UK.
Building on his success as a teacher, school leader and governor, Paul’s transformational school leadership was recognized by the Department for Education (DfE) and he was appointed in 2005 as National Director to lead the creation of a national professional learning network of 265 specialist business and enterprise schools, to promote a culture of enterprise and innovation in schools across the 5 to 25 years age range across 29000 primary, secondary and special schools, as part of a £460m government investment into enterprise education. The role required Paul to lead a national strategy of coherence with business and industry partners in order to generate a national culture and common understanding of enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship in education Early Years through to University level, whilst also advising other governments internationally on enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship in education. Paul then worked over 5 years as an inspector of schools on behalf of Ofsted. In 2014 Paul joined the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, as one of five Principal Inspector, to co-author the UAE School Inspection Framework as well as an innovation in education strategy for embedding a culture of innovation in schools across the UAE. This is the first unified and unique approach to raising education standards across 17 different types of curriculum schools and across the 7 emirates of the UAE’s very unique and aspirational context within the Middle East.
Paul is a 'thinking leader' who has an unrelenting passion for empowering school leaders, teachers, and governors / school owners to define, set and achieve world-class educational outcomes for children and young people, educators and parents. He is a skilled professional coach, trainer, public speaker, presenter and author. Paul has built his reputation on the forensic, intelligent and SMART nature of his work, as well as the impact he has in empowering governments, school owners and leaders to achieve aspirational goals to overcome their educational challenges, whilst driving forward outstanding and 'standing out' next generation education provision for children and young people, and education leadership.
Paul is creative and innovative in re-imagineering, re-engineering, and redefining the A to Z of world-class education standards and performance, and in conceptualizing future models of schooling and education.