The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

Karen Burns

Karen Burns is the chief executive and executive headteacher of Carillion Academies Trust. An experienced headteacher, Karen has been working with the trust since April 2015, and was appointed chief executive in January 2016.

 

Latest blog posts

Karen Burns

Let’s stay together – in a MAT

Personalising the art of retention is key to keeping staff. Karen Burns describes why multi-academy trusts provide more options to aid the retention of talent. Overwhelmingly the biggest contributor to staff retention is the feel and experience of working in a school on a day to day basis. It can...
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Karen Burns

From headteacher to MAT leader: making my move

Karen Burns describes her journey from headship to executive head and current Carillion Academies Trust chief executive. The transition from headteacher to executive headteacher and then to CEO has presented professional and personal challenges in a variety of ways. The prime change for me as a...
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