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Everton Free School appoints new principal

EVERTON Free School – a school created by Everton Football Club to deliver alternative educational opportunities – has appointed Steven Baker as its new principal.

The appointment comes as Richard Cronin retired from the post.

Currently the executive headteacher of two schools in Merseyside, Steven has been in education for more than15 years, the majority of which has been working with children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH).

He is also the Merseyside programme director for charity Right to Succeed, which focuses on improving outcomes for children and young people.

He said: “Everton Free School really stood out from the crowd for me – the work the school does to tailor education to offer alternative opportunities and hone in on mental health support is incredible.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the team now and am looking forward to involving both the Club and Everton in the Community to help make Everton Free School the very best school it can be.”

Everton in the Community was the first Football Club Community scheme in the country to be awarded funding by the Government to open a Free School, aiming to offer alternative educational opportunities and experiences to young people aged 13-19.

A former Ofsted inspector, Steven has led on a number of national programmes relating to wellbeing, managing challenging behaviour and leading strategic change.  In 2017 he co-wrote an online behaviour management course and two years later, was made a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching for his ‘significant and sustained’ impact on teaching.

Other key accolades include the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service as a member of the Remembering Srebrenica Northwest Board and, last year, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, in recognition of his services to education.

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