Steven Baker is the Executive Headteacher of two outstanding schools in Merseyside that cater for children aged 5-16 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH). His schools use non-confrontational approaches to behaviour management and the secondary SEMH school is a sanction free zone. They have won a range of national awards for their compassionate, collaborative approach and in 2018 the Department for Education cited the primary school as an example of best practice in mental health due to their focus on supporting pupil, and staff, well-being.
Steven has held a range of leadership roles, is a former Ofsted inspector and regularly delivers national keynotes on topics including well-being, managing challenging behaviour and leading strategic change. He develops school leaders for Ambition Institute, quality assures the work of their facilitators and has co-written an online behaviour management course which was hosted on the FutureLearn platform; the course had almost 10,000 subscribers from 165 countries. Steven is a member of the Ambition Institute and Learnus advisory boards (Learnus is a think tank that aims to bridge the gap between neuroscience research and education); he was recently made a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching for his ‘significant and sustained’ impact on teaching. Steven is on the SecEd and Headteacher Update editorial board, sits on the panel of judges for the Pearson Teaching Awards and works with the Ministry of Justice in youth and adult establishments nationwide as they focus their efforts on developing a culture of rehabilitation.
A former war crimes investigator, Steven regularly speaks in schools and prisons about the consequences of hatred; in addition to receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, he was recently presented with an award by Lord Bourne for his ‘outstanding contributions to tackling hatred and building a better society.’