“Anybody who claims that schooling stops at the school door couldn’t be more wrong”
Vic Goddard
Vic Goddard

Vic Goddard is probably the most famous head teacher in the UK today, but it’s only when you see him in his beloved Passmores Academy that you really witness how good he is.

Vic came to the public’s attention in TV’s Educating Essex but his straight-talking, informal, light-hearted approach meant that some sections of the media (yes, you Daily Mail!) misunderstood what Vic was really all about – refusing to ever let a student fail.

See Vic in action and you’ll understand how passionate he is about young people, about education and about the privileged position he holds. The Best Job in the World as he has famously written for our Independent Thinking Press. Vic commands respect not because of what he is but because of how he treats everyone around him – with compassion, with relentlessly high expectations and with an infectious belief that we all have something to offer the world.

“Ultimately, the whole school is my classroom. I know that might sound a bit cranky but that’s the way it is” - The Best Job in the World

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  • Vic has been with Independent Thinking since 2012 and is one of The 33

  • Vic's DBS Number is 001476875442 issued on 20th February 2015

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Just wanted to say thank you on behalf of CHTA, really made our conference fizz! Vic gave us a humble, humorous and very real account of his time at Passmores which chimed well with our Headteacher delegates"

"The feedback for Vic was tremendous. He was really good and got the crowd laughing and crying (at the right times and for the right reasons too!) Feedback was along the lines of very practical ideas mixed with some thought provoking (and emotion provoking!) stuff too. Could you please thank Vic for us (I should think that delegates will ask for him again next year)."

"Thank you so much for your excellent contribution to the AET summer leadership conference. Your presentation was universally well received. You already know why I asked you to speak and that set of values, which resonates so strongly with AET’s values and purpose, came through in a powerful way in your presentation. It certainly gave everyone a ‘leadership lift’ and inspired them on their personal journey as well as supporting us as a group in our mission"

"Thank you ever so much for providing an inspirational and truly uplifting keynote at our staff conference. I've had such brilliant feedback from all the staff. We very much hope to see you again soon!"

"Truly inspirational. His understanding of actual teaching, mixed with his video from Taylor Mali was actually stunning and probably the best 30 minutes of any staff conference that I have been to"