Seamus Oates, CEO of the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust said, “To be honoured at a national level for my contribution to education services is a privilege. When I began teaching over 30 years ago, I wanted to share my passion for learning and education with young people regardless of their background or difficulties. Increasingly, I became aware of the challenges faced by some of our most vulnerable learners, which led to my work in Pupil Referral Units in Hammersmith & Fulham. The resulting progress and improvements at the Bridge AP Academy inspired me to create the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust, to extend the delivery of Alternative Provision education for learners experiencing difficulty with mainstream schools. I am grateful to have the support and encouragement of all the TBAP staff and learners. This award honours their enthusiasm, dedication and determination to succeed. Their hard work ensures that every young person reaches their full potential and this continues to inspire me each and every day.”
Seamus is a National Leader of Education and sits on the North West London and South Central England Headteachers’ Board. He is a board member of the Youth Justice Board and has contributed to a number of government reviews, including Dame Sally Coates’ review of prison education.
Born in Bristol, Seamus attended Nailsea School and achieved a BSc Hons in Biology at Southampton University and completed his PGCE at Manchester University. He worked as a teacher for over 30 years and has taught Science and ICT at London comprehensives, Pupil Referral Units and schools overseas. Seamus believes passionately in the personalisation of learning and his success at re-engaging young people with high-quality learning opportunities at TBAP AP Academies has been widely recognised. His team is often consulted by other schools and organisations both locally, nationally and internationally.