Sir Christopher Stone has announced he is stepping down as global chief education officer at for-profit schools group GEMS Education, where he led on all education matters for 88 schools, 260,000 children and 15,000 staff worldwide.

On his LinkedIn profile Sir Christopher said he “will embark on a planned sabbatical until the autumn in order to reconnect with loved ones. Following that I will do some advisory work but will be quite selective about what I undertake: whatever this may turn out to be my aim will be for it to have a positive impact on the world we live in.”

Sir Christopher’s career in education spans nearly 40 years as a teacher, headteacher, chief executive and government advisor. He was previously chief executive of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, a multi-academy trust of eight schools, one teaching school and five children’s centres. Prior to that he was headteacher at Sutton Coldfield’s Arthur Terry School and before that a headteacher in Birmingham.

He was chair of the School Improvement Board in Birmingham, consisting of 17 headteachers, which was charged with leading the strategic programme, with the Department for Education, for improving 23 vulnerable schools in the city.

Sir Christopher was one of three national leaders of education to be chosen by the National College to advise on the government’s ‘Talented Leaders’ scheme. He was also a member of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers’ School Reference Group.

Date published: 7 April 2021

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