Honoured with a Knighthood (2013), George Berwick continues in his pursuit for educational excellence on a National and International scale. As the current Chairman of Olevi International (2002-), Project Director for the Western Quebec Board (2000-) and visiting Professor at the IOE/UCL (2011-) his inspirational leadership coupled with his numerous system-wide approaches to school improvement, based around the effective management of knowledge, have helped to transform the educational opportunities of countless young people. In 2016 George was recognised by The Times as one of the 500 most influential people in the United Kingdom.
Whilst Head Teacher in Bromley (1993-2011), Ravens Wood was one of only a handful of secondary schools in England to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED five consecutive times. Using this knowledge, the research from his PhD in ‘School Effectiveness’ from UEA (1993) and his background in designing and implementing information systems, George and his team developed the role of the National Leaders of Education and a concept now known as ‘Teaching Schools’, of which there are currently over 600 designated in the UK alone. The programmes he has developed with his team, to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, peer review and the leadership of schools, are currently being used by over 1000 schools internationally.
From 2011 to 2018, he was CEO and co-founder of Challenge Partners, a collaborative learning community of 500 English schools configured around a number of hubs led by teaching schools. A quality assured peer review is used to challenge and support the schools’ work.
Alongside the practical application of his work, including his tenure as Director of the London Leadership Strategy, for which he was awarded a CBE in 2007, George has made a significant authorial impact through his wide-ranging publications and presentations including ‘Building Success’, Policy Papers for the Department of Education and his citation in White Paper (2010). In addition his advice has been sought on system development by No. 10, the Cabinet Office, the English Sector of the Quebec Provincial Government and Pearson UK.
George Berwick continues to inspire and be inspired. He has been described as a ‘visionary’ and in many ways this encapsulates his collaborative, moral and pioneering approach to school improvement.