Northern Education


Northern Education was formed in 2000 to support secondary schools in Bradford on behalf of the government.  We are a leading consultancy dedicated to supporting improvements in services to children and young people. We are a passionate group of education professionals who enjoy sharing our knowledge and using our skills to support schools, academies and colleges.

Les Walton CBE

Les Walton CBE

Prior to 1996 Les was Headteacher of Norham Community Technology College.  In 1996 he was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. He then held a number of roles between 1996 and 2009 including Executive Director for Education in North Tyneside and Principal and Chief Executive of Tyne Metropolitan College.  In 2000 he was requested by the DfE to lead the interim management and outsourcing of Bradford Education Authority. In 2000 Les founded Northern Education in order to provide support to schools. During this period he developed the concept of a ‘New Relationship with Schools’ and introduced partnership boards involving Headteachers.

In July 2009, Les was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education, as Chair of the Young People’s Committee within the Learning and Skills Council and Chair of the Young People’s Learning Agency which he held until 2012. Les currently chairs the Advisory Group for the Education Funding Agency. He is a member of the North East Council for the Chamber of Commerce and is the education advisor to the North East Board of the Institute of Directors.  Les primarily focuses on his role as Chair of the Northern Education Trust. His main interest is education governance and recently The Northern Education Trust won the IAA 2014 'Best Practice Award for Effective and Innovative Governance'.

Les was awarded the CBE in the New Years Honours list 2013.

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