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Charlie Kennard

What are you leading?

I am leading East London Arts and Music: a 16-19 school which specializes in Music, Film and Games Design based in London. Graded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017

How did your experiences as a fellow inspire or prepare you for what you’re doing now?

I was surrounded by the most amazing people with the most amazing experience which always encouraged me to raise my expectations and do things I otherwise wouldn’t have thought possible with my kids and my school.

What's next?

Continue to grow and develop ELAM into a model of vocational education internationally.

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Alumni Cohort


Current Home

London, UK

Subject(s) Taught

History, Maths

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Leadership Journey


Started the Teach First Programme


Joined Teach For Malaysia as Director of Recruitment and met Dzameer Dzulkifli (Teach For Malaysia CEO) who inspired me beyond belief and I still regard as my biggest inspiration


Opened ELAM


Completed my first year as Principal of ELAM

April 2017

Moved into our new premises in the heart of East London

May 2017

Received the highest possible grading from Ofsted in all categories



The Teach First network was pivotal in this from people to expertise to space in the startup phases


Oli de Botton – Teach First Alumnus and Principal of S21 – I was based in his school for the first three years and that was pivotal