Stephen Tierney



Building an Evidence Enriched School

The session will look at how you can clear the “garbage” out of a school’s improvement plan allowing teachers and leaders to put the curriculum and improving teaching at the core of what you do (and why you should do this). Building on five evidence based papers, Stephen believes all teachers should read, he will combine these with a some thoughts around practical steps schools’ should take to lay the foundation for great teaching.
Through a logic model approach to school improvement, he will look at the thorny issue of effective implementation; a process that all too often leads to teacher de-motivation and frustration rather than enhanced pupil outcomes. There are practical ways to create new opportunities to retain and recruit staff; alongside great CPD on a shoe string.


Stephen was Headteacher of St. Mary’s an 11-18 school for thirteen years before becoming the Executive Headteacher of the school and of a one form entry primary school. He now leads the cross phase multi-academy trust. Working in Blackpool he’s rooted in the daily practicalities of teachers’ and leaders’ lives.
He is Chair of the Headteachers’ RoundTable Group; he speaks at a number of conferences and events. Joining the Teacher Development Trust from their launch, he is working to develop a culture in which staff, children and young people can flourish; at the heart of this is work on the professional development of teachers. St. Mary’s has recently been designated an EEF Research School in the Blackpool OA.