William Baldwin has been principal of Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) since 2016. The college is in the top 1% of state providers for A level outcomes and was recently graded as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. It’s a vibrant community with 3500 students and 350 staff and an annual income of nearly £20m.
A former psychology teacher, William has had voluntary roles with ChildLine and The Children’s Society. He’s also a former vice-chair of the Feltham Young Offenders Independent Monitoring Board. Currently, he’s the Sixth Form Colleges representative on the Board of Directors for the Association of Colleges and a member of the FE Commissioners ‘Principal’s Reference Group’.
He lives near Horsham with his three young children.
By his own admission a pretty poor A level student, William Baldwin is perhaps not the most obvious person to be running one of the most successful sixth form colleges in the country. At the Summit, he will reveal how he became involved in first teaching and then management while always remaining true to his lifelong belief that we are humans first and employees second. His leadership philosophy is one of ‘high challenge, low threat’. In other words, in order to get the best out of people, they must feel valued, that they belong, and that they are trusted as professionals. Having worked with 16-18 year olds for more than two decades, William will talk about how teenagers have changed in that time – and how teaching and learning has had to shift too.
BHASVIC students are among the next cohort of employees for the city. William will reflect on how the college is helping to prepare them for a future where they will be competing for jobs with AI bots. Encouragingly, he believes that the unique ingredients of being human – including emotional intelligence, relationship development and kindness – will always be needed in the world of work.