Rob Hitch
Vice Principal and Facilitator

Background

Rob is a former RAF Secondary Teacher of the Year for London and the South East. He has produced GCSE history materials for Edexcel and has been Hodder Education’s ‘Ask the Expert’. He was a QCA consultant on the previous National Curriculum and was on the Controlled Assessment steering group. From 2008–10 Rob was a regional educational advisor for the Historical Association.  Until 2012, Rob was responsible for the SSAT London Schools Innovation Hub, co-ordinating and delivering training to school leaders and teachers on a large variety of topics. He has also been an SSAT Lead Practitioner.

Role with Harris Federation

Rob is the Vice Principal at Harris Academy South Norwood, with responsibilities for the strategic overview of teaching, professional learning, leadership and innovation. From 2012–14 Harris Academy South Norwood was placed first by the Department for Education in its family of 55 similar schools and is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Inspirational quote: ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.’ Aristotle

Key achievements

Rob is particularly proud of the improvements in teaching at Harris South Norwood over the last two years. A comprehensive and bespoke professional learning programme for 136 teaching staff, introduced by Rob, has helped increase the percentage of ‘good’ or 'better' lessons at the Academy from 74% to 89%, and the percentage of ‘outstanding’ lessons from 25% to 37%.

Harris facilitator

Rob is an experienced facilitator and delivers the Leading Teaching module for the National College, with a particular focus on what makes an effective teaching and learning policy and on developing techniques to raise standards of teaching. He has run numerous INSETS on outstanding history teaching for both the SSAT and Keynote International, as well as more generic sessions on inspirational teaching and learning.