Patrick Cozier is an experienced Secondary School Headteacher of 17 years. Currently serving as Head at Highgate Wood School in Haringey. In addition to his day job, he also chairs the Haringey Secondary Heads’ Forum and takes a leading role in the work of the Racial Equity Group (part of the Haringey Education Partnership) on its focus to reduce racial inequality and improve the outcomes and experiences for children of colour. He serves as a trustee of the national charity Show Racism the Red Card (on which he is Co-Vice Chair). As a member of the black community, he is passionate about seeking equality, justice, and fair outcomes for people of colour. He is currently working on what he refers to as the ‘Calm Leadership’ Approach.
Patrick believes that it is time for a review of the role of the inspectorate. He notes that whilst accountability is important, it must also fulfil the function of supporting high standards throughout the educational system rather than crush the spirit of school leaders and serve any political agendas. Patrick is keen to be involved in the work of this group to come up with a compelling alternative.
The ultimate outcome would be to explore the flaws in the current function of the inspectorate and to come up with a fit for purpose, streamlined, modern alternative that is trusted by school staff and parents to both hold schools to account and support them to continuously develop and improve. Patrick would also like to see an inspectorate that is genuinely independent and not tied to any political agendas – e.g. forced academisation, English Baccalaureate, etc.