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Michelle Murray


Trustee and CEO


Michelle Murray is Chief Executive and Executive Principal of the Education Learning Trust and Head of Gatley Teaching School.


Until March 2017, Michelle was Executive Head teacher at Gatley Primary School. The school was recognised as a National Support School in 2012, and as a National Teaching School in 2013 (Cohort 3). The Teaching School has established an alliance of regional schools, to form the Empower Teaching School Alliance.


Michelle is a National Leader of Education (NLE). Her NLE work involves supporting and monitoring underperforming schools in an OFSTED category, alongside wider stakeholders. She has a track record of working with schools to address weaknesses so they progress towards good or better.


Michelle is a facilitator on national leadership programmes for NCTL and coordinates the delivery of regional NW programmes, including ‘Stepping Into Headship’ with other Teaching Schools and the locally designed ‘Aspiring Leaders Programme’ in Stockport. She is actively involved in the Greater Manchester Strategic Partnership Group, working to promote school improvement.


Michelle has been an OFSTED Additional Inspector since 2013. Previously, Michelle has developed her leadership experience in headships in two previous schools in contrasting areas of the North West. Michelle has also developed curriculum materials and training within her role as an Advisory Teacher with schools, at a national level. Michelle is also a member of the National Executive committee for ASPE (Association for the Study of Primary Education).


At Gatley, all staff are actively involved in research to develop evidence-based practice. Within the Empower TS Alliance all our schools work within Research and Development Teams, their research designs and evaluations are based on further developing high quality practice in partnership with MMU. This has impacted on professional development of staff, through appraisal outcomes and has improved learning achievements within the alliance.


Term of Appointment:


ex officio


Trustee area(s) of responsibility:


Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer


Declaration of Business and / or Financial interests:


Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE) - Member of National Executive Board

Advisory Board for Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy, UCL Autumn 2021

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