Background of Directors
Founder & Chairman Emeritus
George was a teacher with 20 years’ experience in mainstream and special educational needs schools when he founded Team Teach. Following being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1996 – where George visited the USA to observe and return with best practice on how adults safely manage children’s anger and aggression – he’s worked to promote positive behavioural strategies both in and beyond the education sector, in the UK and internationally.
Azam is a highly experienced and innovative CEO with an extensive and successful track record in the education sector. He has worked in supporting education services for almost 20 years, building successful education recruitment and training businesses. In addition to Team Teach, he runs two of the most established, well known and well-respected education recruitment consultancies in the UK.
Nick Burnett is the Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand and International Director of Coaching for Team Teach. He has over 30 years of experience working in mainstream and special schools as a teacher, senior leader, and school principal, in both day and residential settings. Nick is also an author, accredited Restorative Practice facilitator, and leadership coach.
It was while Nick was headteacher of a successful state special school in the UK, that he trained to be a Team Teach Intermediate Trainer. The school was praised in an Ofsted inspection for their implementation and use of Team Teach training, and this positive approach to behaviour had a significant impact on the high rating they achieved. Nick then qualified as an Advanced Trainer, running training in a wide range of settings across the UK and, after moving to Australia, in Asia-Pacific countries.
Nick was the first special school leader to gain a Research Associateship from the National College of School Leadership, which involved researching leadership in Special Schools in England and Australia. This has led to the publication of a book, ‘Leadership and Special Education Needs’, which was highly commended by the Times Educational Supplement and National Association of Special Education Needs (nasen) Annual Book Awards. He has also written many publications about reducing risk and restraint, leadership, and positive approaches to behaviour support.
Nick now supports and develops Team Teach trainers to equip them with the attitudes, skills, and knowledge for successful coaching. He advocates a whole-setting holistic approach to behaviour and continues to work with teams across a wide range of education and care settings.