Alastair Burnett

Alastair Burnett BEd
Principal Trainer

Alastair has taught across a range of inner London comprehensive schools for twenty one years. Having initially trained to be a PE teacher in Gloucestershire, he chose to complete his teaching practises in East London and became hooked on the challenges and reward of being an inner city teacher. For the past six years he has been  Deputy Headteacher at a comprehensive school in South London, where he led on Behaviour, Values, Inclusion and Safeguarding. Alastair is proud to have served in a challenging and diverse community school and has extensive experience of leading student support team,  staff culture and working with students with complex barriers to learning.

Alastair was a governor of a Lambeth PRU with whom he ran a successful partnership of student reintegration  back to mainstream.

A Pivotal visit to his school in 2013 convinced Alastair what he already believed, that teachers need to be the change they wish to see in their students. Leading on culture and systems, the Pivotal Curriculum became central to the outcomes the school desired for its students. Alastair started his own journey as a trainer and  is delighted to join the team.

In the past twelve months Alastair has continued to serve the families of Lambeth as a passionate advocate of vulnerable learners, before moving back to his home county of Sussex and the culture shock of rural life.

Alastair has been a keen sportsman most of his life, playing competitive hockey and rugby before his knees got fed up with him. He now enjoys walking long distances, often raising money for charity with a team of friends, passionately  supporting his Sussex based football team and playing golf badly.

He has two children that  inspire him to do the best for others…… and he can often be seen holding a rope while his nine year old son climbs rocks and dreams of Everest.

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I just wanted to e-mail to say thank you to Pivotal for the behaviour healthcheck.  Alastair’s professionalism and attitude towards both staff and pupils was amazing.  I really felt that he ‘got’ us as a school and his advice was very sensible and realistic.  I look forward to reading the report and putting some of the actions he has suggested into place.

Daniella Cook
Castleford Academy

A restorative conversation allows the student to focus on their behaviour as opposed to a punishment - over time this can lead to a gradual improvement in Behaviour for Learning. Ready, Respectful, Safe enables a clear and consistent focus for BfL across the school. I can ask a student if they are demonstrating RRS behaviour (which they understand), this can lead naturally into a restorative conversation.

Christ's School