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Sir David Carter

Former National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education, UK - Executive Director of System Leadership, Ambition Institute, UK

Sir David Carter was the National Schools Commissioner from 1 February 2016 to 31 August 2018.

Before his appointment he was the first Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West.

David is a music graduate of the University of London and has taught music in comprehensive schools across the country since he started teaching in September 1983. In 1997, he became headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire.

His previous roles include:

  • Principal of John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol in 2004
  • CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation from 2007 to 2014, where he lead the growth of the federation to include 12 schools and successfully applied to become one of the first teaching schools in the country in 2011
  • being one of the first national leaders of education

He received a knighthood for services to education in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013.