Iain Simper – Director of The Learning Partnership

Iain is an experienced school and local authority education leader, running the successful and popular Peterborough Learning Partnership on behalf of Peterborough City Council between 2010-2018 before establishing The Learning Partnership.

I started my teaching career (B.Ed. Hons. from the University of Hertfordshire) in Peterborough as a class teacher at Thorpe Primary School in 1998, moving to Fulbridge Academy in 2002 and working as part of the senior leadership team.

In 2005 I was seconded to Peterborough Local Authority to lead on Able, Gifted and Talented provision as part of the Excellence in Cities programme. Subsequently, I led on Learning Innovation across Peterborough schools.

In 2010, I took on the role of Peterborough Learning Partnership Manager working closely with many schools in and around Peterborough on school improvement via developing effective and responsive CPD programmes, collaborations and links to other organisations.

During the period 2010 to 2015, I also had the privilege to work as a regional advisor on behalf of Excellence East, via the DCSF as was, supporting schools across East Anglia with their able, gifted and talented provision. More recently, as Chief Executive of the Peterborough Learning Partnership, I was responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing vision, mission, and overall direction. Supporting over 150 schools and providing membership services to over 80 schools during its’ 8-year lifespan, the PLP was a cornerstone of the professional development sector in the region.

I also support schools in a voluntary capacity having recently supported Stilton Primary Academy, Cambs, as Vice-Chair, by having active trustee status of a local charity (8th Earl of Sandwich Trust) and directorship of a local cultural education partnership (PHACE: Peterborough Heritage, Arts and Cultural Education).

I am now supporting schools on their development journeys, offering a suite of professional development opportunities bringing the very best consultants and organisations to schools. Schools also benefit from bespoke services which include working with schools to understand their CPD needs, map against their SDP and then signpost/engage the school to/with experts in their field or in the local area.

I am passionate about helping schools to use CPD to drive improvements. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you, your school or Trust leaders, to identify the best programme of CPD to support your school’s needs.”