Dave Whitaker

Dave Whitaker is an Independent Thinking Associate and the Director of Learning for the Wellspring Academy Trust. As a former executive principal of social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and alternative provision academies, he now has responsibility for 11 such academies across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Dave is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and has recently been a member of the Department for Education’s Timpson review of exclusions expert reference group. He is also a founding member of the Headteachers’ Roundtable think tank and is a regular speaker at conferences, as well as an active campaigner for educational change.

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