Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE was the keynote speaker for CAPITA SIMS at their Education conference.  Deborah was approached by an independent speaking company and informed that their client, CAPITA, would like Deborah to contribute to their conference.

Deborah explored recent government initiatives, from a personal perspective, including Curriculum Reform, Independent State school Partnerships,  and  the professional characteristics shown by effective leaders.  Deborah referred to such sources as McKinsey, Ben Levin, NCTL and PWC.

The audience was greatly privileged to hear of her time working in South Africa, for the charity LINK Community Development. Deborah was based in the Eastern Cape along with other school leaders and contributed towards raising awareness of HIV and AIDS by working within Jongiliswe School, in Tsolo and later running leadership and development workshops to headteachers. The audience was visibly moved by her speech and tweeted enthusiastically regarding her contribution.

“I was reminded that we cannot change everything in the world but it is vital not to overlook the small things that we can do, which collectively can make a huge difference”.

Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE.

Deborah finished by asking the audience to consider the legacy that they would leave to their schools and reminded us that regardless of context, or educational reform, it is our personal contribution which will undoubtedly resonate with the pupils in our schools.














Deborah showing pupils how to listen to music through a hand held device, whilst the pupils believed that an orchestra was shrunken inside the box.


















Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE received a Millennium Award for her work in South Africa.

















Sometimes it is the pupils who know best! Gemma aged 7.










Leaving Party for Deborah, organised by female farmers to acknowledge her contribution to saving lives in South Africa.












Pupils prepare a final meal for their English Teacher “Miss Deborah “.

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