Dave Whitaker

Executive Principal of Springwell Learning Communities

Dave is  Executive Principal of Springwell Learning Communities in Barnsley and Lincolnshire. These  incorporate an SEMH Special Academy and an a number of Alternative Academies that were formally a PRUs. All these settings are cross phase from Key Stage 1 to 4. Springwell in Barnsley is also a National Teaching School and Dave is a National Leader of Education. As part of the Wellspring Academy Trust, Dave is Director of SEN & Alternative Education and works supporting schools in 5 Local Authorities.  He is also a core member of the Head Teachers Roundtable Think Tank. He facilitates and delivers NPQH, NPQSL and a National College of Teaching & Leadership programme for aspirant special school heads. He is also an associate of Independent Thinking Limited.