Kevin Tansley

Executive Head

Western Federation


Kevin Tansley has been a Headteacher for 24 years and is currently Executive Headteacher of the Western Learning Federation in Cardiff. This consists of three special schools – Riverbank (70 pupils aged 5 – 11), Tŷ Gwyn (185 pupils aged 3 – 19) and Woodlands (135 pupils aged 11 – 19). He was previously Headteacher of Tŷ Gwyn School in Cardiff, Crowdys Hill School, Swindon and The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh. Whilst in Scotland, Kevin was appointed as an Associate Assessor with HMI and was also a member of the National Advisory Board for SEN. He was Chair of the South Wales Association of Special School Headteachers, SWASSH, for 12 years. In July 2014 Kevin was appointed as a member of the Welsh Government’s Education and Skills Ministerial Advisory Group. He has worked as an External Adviser to Professor Graham Donaldson during his Curriculum and Assessment Review, is a member of the Independent Advisory Group and is an Observer member of the Welsh Government’s Curriculum and Assessment Group.

During his career Kevin has been involved in a number of capital works projects including 3 new schools and 4 major refurbishments. His presentation will focus on the Tŷ Gwyn School rebuild which was completed at the beginning of the Autumn Term in 2010. He will explain the design process and detail the lessons learned.

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