James de Bass


James started his career as a lawyer in London with Ashurst. After eight years he joined the proprietary trading desk at ING Bank and went on to manage the equity portfolio of the fund in New York. Since co-founding Educate, James has overseen the expansion of the business from a focus on teacher performance management to a broader suite of services including initial teacher training, school business efficiency, project management and the development of staff appraisal software. This has seen Educate operate both in the UK and internationally and the company continues to expand through acquisition and organically with over 5,000 school clients to date.



26 September 2018 | 10:00 - 10:30 | English | Enhancing the Quality of Teacher Feedback

James will explore the lessons learned from over ten years of teacher appraisal and development in the UK, focusing on ways in which school leaders can improve the quality of their feedback and engage with their staff in a more meaningful and productive way. Recent research and teacher surveys have proved that effective feedback results in meaningful changes to classroom practice which in turn improve student outcomes. However, most schools are stuck in a rut of annual reviews and simple objective setting with no real meaningful data on the quality of teaching in their establishment. This can be changed relatively simply and adapted for teachers at different stages of their careers to ensure they continue to provide the very best education for their students.