Flywheel Learning Ltd was established in 2017 by James Heale. Its aim is to support organisations and individuals through leadership coaching, professional development programmes and improvement work to help them unleash their full potential.
Until 2018 James was the Executive Headteacher of the Vanguard Learning Trust, a growing multi-academy trust in West London. He joined Vyners School as Headteacher in September 2012 shortly after it had received its second consecutive Satisfactory (Requires Improvement) judgement from Ofsted. Student outcomes were broadly in line with the national average despite high prior attainment on entry; staff turnover was high and morale low.
James led a 17% increase in A*-C/ 4-9 EM over five years, achieving the School’s best ever results in 2017. Fourteen months after his arrival, Vyners received an Ofsted inspection in December 2013 and was judged to be Good overall with Outstanding Behaviour and Safety and Outstanding Leadership and Management. It received a short inspection again in 2018 where it was recommended that its next inspection should be a full Section 5 as the School’s performance indicated that it was improving towards being outstanding, which was confirmed in May 2019 .Vyners has been consistently ranked in the top 10% non-selective schools in the country for attainment and the top 10% of all schools nationally for progress at GCSE. It has been accredited as a Leading Edge school and recognised for its outstanding practice in Professional Learning and Climate for Learning through the SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education.
Between September 2017 – August 2019, James was the PiXL Regional Leader for North London and South-East England where he had oversight of more than 300 secondary schools. He is currently the national Character Lead for PiXL and has also developed and led new programmes for the School of PiXL Leadership. He has been a mentor on the Exceptional Headteacher programme since its inception in 2016.
James is the Secondary Education Lead for Tower Hamlets Education Partnership, a schools’ company established by school leaders to deliver high quality school improvement to all Tower Hamlets’ schools. He has helped to develop the High Performance Leadership, Future Headteacher and Next Generation Senior Leader programmes as well as a Borough-wide peer review model.
James’ TEDx talk, ‘The Courage to be Vulnerable – Lifting the Mask on Leadership’, can be found here
James has a wealth of experience; clients include: SSAT; PiXL; Tower Hamlets Education Partnership; The Football Association; Dacorum Teaching Schools Alliance; Alban Academies Trust; Ridgeway Education Trust; The Nene Education Trust; St John’s Church School; Roman Fields; as well as many individual schools and leaders. He has led training for the SSAT for their Aspiring Leaders, Aspirant Headteachers, New Headteacher and Leading Edge programmes and has been a member of the Leading Edge Steering Group.