Alex Bell

Portland Education was founded by Alex Bell to bring together the best in innovative thinking from education, business and the arts.

Alex is an experienced and sought-after facilitator, conference speaker, leadership coach and senior leader in education.

He has lead two London schools in challenging circumstances to be Ofsted rated ‘outstanding in all areas’ and designed and delivered bespoke facilitation in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America for a range of schools, NGOs and leading organisations.

With Portland Education, Alex creates and delivers bold and innovative education and outreach programmes with international government, schools and charities. His work with schools and communities in Barbados as part of their 50th anniversary of independence commemorations was selected to be part of their national monument unveiled by Prince Harry, is part of the Barbados Museum and British High Commission’s permanent collections and was selected to be the Prime Minister’s official Christmas card in 2016.

Alex provides professional coaching to over 100 senior leaders, strategic thought-leadership with school teams and mentoring to emerging talent throughout the UK.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a member of its Innovative Education faculty and Fellowship Councillor for creative education globally. He is a professional ambassador for the British Council and is currently researching a book on ‘Bold, brave and authentic leadership’ for school leaders.

A selection of his work appears in The Inside Out Projectbook published in October 2017.

For 2018, Alex has added directorship of to his portfolio. Up to 100 teen young leaders fly into the UK to meet with world class innovators, entrepreneurs and activists before taking part in a global contest to create STEAM solutions to pressing issues in their home countries.

Alex also filmed in a full-length documentary ‘School is Yesterday. This is School’ which premiered at the Eden Project, Cornwall – just two miles from where he was educated as a child.

A short taste of the film is here:  

Recently Alex became a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators and a HundrED global ambassador. He co-founded the social enterprise ‘XtalksWORLDlistens’ a coaching programme and interactive online platform for first time teen speakers without regular access to the internet to reach a global audience with TED-style talks. This currently has an audience in 21 countries and are looking to increase this to 50 countries by the end of 2019. Alex is also the European Consultant  for

Alex is a sought after coach for around 100 school leaders nationally, with a 97% approval rating. Do get in touch to see how he can help your leadership team.

If you would like to speak ask Alex how he can help these things happen in your school then do get in touch with him at Leadership Matters or


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