Rosie Phillips
Posted on 26 Jun 2018

Head to Head with JP Morrison, Director of Education at Diocese of Westminster


JP Morrison

Your current title/role:

Director of Education Diocese of Westminster

Brief career background:

Trained as a teacher in Glasgow and for the last 26 years been involved in education in London. First as a teacher, then as a senior leader, Headteacher and for the last 4 years Director of Education with oversight of 209 schools across the Diocese of Westminster.

What does a typical working day look like?

There is no typical day, although the predominant common factor is long hours and a lot of travel across 17 local authorities and 2 shire counties. Face to face meetings with

Headteachers; Governors; local authority officials; DfE and ESFA officials; OfSTED lead inspectors; parents and clergy. The role involves oversight of S48 inspections in all of our schools in regard to Religious Education and Catholic life. It also involves training and development of Headteachers and Governors; scrutiny of capital projects and providing advice and support to schools who are facing challenging operational duties. The diversity and complexity of challenges facing our schools involves calling upon a wide range of expertise, not least the support from Michelmores.      

What did you have for dinner last night?

A vegetarian stir fry – cold as I did not get home until very late!

What was the last piece of music you listened to?

Inspiration album by Sheku Kanneh-Mason who is an extraordinary cellist. Although I listen to a very wide eclectic mix of music.

What was your favourite and most hated subject when you were at school?

Favourite was History and Politics. I was not too keen on metal work as I had a teacher who was very keen of using the tongs – or belt – as a form of punishment. Scottish behaviour management  in the eighties was unique.  Not good when you have metal shavings on the palm of your hand.

What is the best thing about your job?

To work with extraordinarily talented and gifted teachers and educators who seek the very best for the children they serve. They are an inspiration and it is a pleasure to work for them and with them.  

If you could change one thing about the current education system what would it be?

A coherent, sustainable and long term funding solution that addresses the needs of all schools.

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