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Alex Bell

Leadership Coach, Leadership Trainer, Leadership Key Note

Alex Bell is a highly sought after and experienced school leadership coach.

With a track record of leading outstanding schools himself and a client list of over 100 school leaders all over the UK and upward of 650 hours of coaching to date, Alex has a reputation for getting to the heart of school issues rapidly, coaching with a 97% approval rating and repeat bookings.

Through www.portlandeducation.co.uk , Alex helps schools and school leaders be more effective by helping them think differently and do things differently.

He helps schools and school leaders be brave, so they can face challenges honestly. Bold, so they can take the risks they need to take. And authentic because if it doesn’t feel right, the chances are it won’t work right.

Alex’s work ensures school leaders and leadership teams think more clearly, communicate more honestly, and gives them tangible, practical steps to make the changes they want to make. They get to the heart of the important conversations and help make changes that stick. Making a braver, bolder and more authentic place for everyone to learn.

Specialist Area Details

  • Bespoke 1:1 Leadership Coaching for Senior and Middle Leaders.
  • Group Coaching for emergent leaders
  • Conference keynotes, workshops and chairing.

My history

Alex is a former Headteacher of an inner London school in challenging circumstances. After two weeks of his tenure, the school was judged as requiring improvement, except for leadership and management and two years later judged Outstanding in all areas.
Institute of Leadership and Management Level 7 trained coach with over 650 hours of coaching experience and a growing client list across the U.K. and beyond.

Experienced trainer and facilitator who has worked successfully with schools and school leaders across almost every continent.

Since 2015 Portland Education has worked with more than 70 schools. Current client list of 124 senior leadership school coachees, from executive headteachers through to middle leaders. 97% approval rating and outstanding testimonials.

Keynote speeches for school leader conferences in London, Sussex, West Country (Eden Project), Guernsey, The Hague, Malawi, Borneo and the USA on the themes of professional purpose and relevance.

Alex is one of two Fellowship Councillors at the Royal Society of Arts responsible for creative learning and development globally.

As well as being an ambassador for Leadership Matters, Alex is a member of the Education Policy Institute, an ambassador for the British Council, consultant for Edison Learning and their NAHT Aspire Programme and regional advocate for the Chartered College of Teaching.

Alex is lead associate for the education wellbeing charity, Education Support Partnership, coordinating CPD for their professional associates nationally.

He is a facilitator at TEDxTeen in London and founder director of “Malawi Talks – World listens’ youth conference in Mzuzu, Malawi.

In 2016, Alex conceived and co-curated the award-winning ‘Hello London, Hello Barbados’ free family festival at the Museum of London Docklands with a record breaking 5,000 visitors and Time Out magazine’s top choice for that weekend. Exhibitions of Alex’s work with schools have featured in the Museum of London, Barbados Museum, Mzuzu International Academy, Malawi, the Lincoln Centre, New York and is in the permanent art collection of the British High Commission, Barbados, in a time capsule within the national monument of Barbados. A key image from Alex’s national schools and community project ’50 Words for Barbados 50’ was selected as the Prime Minister of Barbados’ Christmas card 2016 sent to state leaders around the globe.

In 2018, Alex was appointed director of the global youth summit – Global Social Leaders – STEAM.

In the autumn of 2018, Portland Education releases Alex’s documentary looking at the purpose of education in the fourth industrial age, ‘School is Yesterday. This is School’ with his award-winning production team based in the U.K. and Chicago.

My contact information

Email: [email protected]

Phone +447714953575

Twitter: @Alex_Portland

Facebook: Portland Education – Page ID 17768779385889428

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/alex-bell-frsa-bb9031b9


Alex’s coaching sessions are flexible, adaptive and creative. He responds quickly to themes and concerns raised by the individual and uses recent research, news, teaching theories and concepts to help staff identify their own solutions in their career. Evidence of his coaching can be seen in the impact on teaching, learning and progress in our school.
Alex is an inspiration.

Abi Blessing
Vice Principal & Head of 6th Form, City of London Academy

Alex Bell’s leadership coaching and mentoring has quickly identified and drawn out emergent leadership skills in both our staff and our pupils. He has boundless energy, sharp insight, endless patience and real credibility. I can’t recommend him highly enough to other schools.

Peter Yates MBE
Principal, Mzuzu International Academy

Alex’s professional but caring approach to leadership coaching has had a significant impact on the school’s leadership team. From our initial meeting, Alex understood my individual needs and how they married up with the organisation’s needs. He is always able to bring something fresh to our coaching sessions that shed light on current leadership or school issues. All my senior colleagues speak glowingly about the impact Alex’s coaching has had on them as leaders and as people. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Martin Lumb
Headteacher Hunslett Carr School