Educating Greater Manchester’s headteacher Drew Povey left Harrop Fold school in 2018, the same year the series was filmed.
The current series being aired on Channel 4 takes us back to two years ago, when cameras followed the lives of staff and pupils attending the school.
However Drew Povey left the school, based in Salford, in that same year. He decided to resign following an investigation. So what actually happened?
Who is Mr Povey?
Drew now runs a consultancy firm with over twenty years of experience working in elite level sport and education.
On his website, he describes his work as an “influential leadership authority with a unique multi sector viewpoint on creating innovative and sustainable change”. Drew has written books such as The Leadership Factor.
He was the headteacher at Harrop Fold School in 2018, but reportedly resigned during the same year.
Drew, who has 3 sons with his wife, lives in Stockton Heath.
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Why did Mr Povey leave Harrop Fold?
- Mr Povey left Harrop Fold as he felt an investigation into ‘off-rolling’ was a “personal vendetta” against him.
Drew and 3 other senior staff members were sent home when the investigation began in July 2018.
It came after reports that some children were left off the school register, which is called ‘off-rolling’.
Students protested with signs urging for Mr Povey to be reinstated at the school, as shown on the latest episode (November 3rd).
He decided to resign in September 2018.
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Fans react to Mr Povey’s resignation
Many viewers have described Mr Povey as an “inspiration” since Educating Greater Manchester came back on our screens.
One Twitter user wrote: “Shame that Mr. Povey had to resign. That gee up for Jacob was outstanding. Absolutely outstanding teaching.”
While another viewer said: “Just wanted to give a shout out to @drewpovey, greatest head master alive. Devastated to hear he has left Harrop Fold. Could 2020 get any worse?”
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