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Karen Thomson

Karen Thomson

Executive Headteacher TBAP North West

Karen Thomson has led and taught in the specialist and mainstream sectors for over 20 years. For the past 15 years, Karen has specialised in the leadership and education of children with social, emotional and mental health needs using a variety of research based approaches based specifically on social mobility improvements and latest research regarding behaviour improvement. Karen has been Headteacher of New Horizons School in Warrington for eight years.  New Horizons School is now a lead AP provider within the North West of England having developed significantly in terms of standards, curriculum and fundamentally behaviour during recent years.  OFSTED describe progress at the school as “exceptional” in many areas of its work and refer to leadership as determined, imaginative as well as aspirational. Karen unashamedly utilises a system leadership approach in her work; working with several partners and teaching schools locally and nationally. Karen has recently developed an innovative delivery model for Alternative Provision and mainstream schools based upon neuro science which is known as @Kaleidoscope – This is now being utilised by other schools and AP providers across the North West and nationally. She sits on several boards and groups related to education, vulnerable pupils and the development of opportunities for the most hard to reach. This includes the newly relaunched Warrington and Vale Royal (Cheshire) Further Education College.

Karen has worked previously as a teacher of English/history and a senior leader in a variety of settings. She has also held senior leadership posts at Head and Deputy level both in the UK and overseas (Australia). She is a qualified therapist, consultant and has trained as an OFSTED inspector.


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