Mr Marios Solomonides
My belief is that if schools get their curriculum offer right (formal and hidden), everything else will follow. This is the biggest change I am bringing to Magna Carta Primary Academy. A curriculum for our pupils; a curriculum for the 21st Century; and a curriculum which enables deep learning. I spent 18 months before joining Magna Carta, researching curricula. That was a real privilege and is a benefit of working for BMAT; a Trust that frees pupils, staff and families to succeed. I have been working for BMAT since its inception in 2013 and have held a number of roles including Head of School of Freshwaters Primary Academy in Harlow. I am still the BMAT Primary Curriculum leader and I will continue to do this as well as being the Headteacher of Magna Carta.
Outside of school, I relish the time I spend with my family and I enjoy writing when I have the time; I have written a novel (as yet unpublished) as well as taking long walks whatever the weather. I have also been a volunteer listener for the Samaritans, which was a huge privilege; something I hope to return to in the future.
In my first week as a qualified teacher, the Twin Towers in New York were attacked and I knew I had to talk about this with my Year 3 class. It was the first time it dawned on me just how important my job was. Ever since then, in whatever role I have held in schools, I have been determined to ensure that education is not just about the formal curriculum, important as that is.