Ian Bennett

Ian Bennett

Downshall Primary School
London

Notable Achievements

  • Greenwich University - BA Hons Education - 1988
  • London University Birkbeck - BSC Hons Educational Phsychology - 2002
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) - 2003

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In Conversation: Ian Bennett

Ian Bennett is the Headteacher of Downshall Primary School, a Primary School based in Ilford, Essex

Ian Bennett is the Headteacher of Downshall Primary School, a Primary School based in Ilford, Essex

Career Overview

Ian Bennett started teaching in 1988 and has worked at four Primary Schools in the London Borough of Redbridge. 

In 1999 Ian worked as a Literacy Consultant, supporting schools to implement the National Literacy Strategy. Ian was the Deputy Headteacher at Highlands Primary School for two years and was then appointed headteacher of Downshall Primary School in Seven Kings in 2003. 

During his time at Downshall Primary it has expanded from 2 to 3 forms of entry and the school has achieved a number of accolades including: The London Mayor’s School of the Year award in 2016 and on two occasions achieving the school’s for success programme that champions the achievement of pupils who have lower starting points. 

Downshall was recommended by the Guardian newspaper in 2018 in an article on choosing a school for your child. Ian is passionate about retaining a balance of the nurturing school and ensuring best outcomes for pupils. This has been reflected recently in the Y6 combined progress measures, with Downshall being in the top 4% of schools nationally.  

Downshall has also won a number of other national awards including the Crest Science Awards, an award for an innovative intergenerational provision based at the school and flagship status for the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education.

Ian is also a Headteacher Advocate for the East London Maths Hub and a member of the East London Reading Hub strategic board. 

He is a member of the Obesity strategic board in Redbridge and the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Local Strategy board.

 In February 2020, Ian Bennett appeared on a Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland podcast, discussing the importance of leadership and the role it has played in his career to date. 

Downshall Primary Press Cuttings:

Every moment here is magical': Essex school wins dementia award

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/07/every-moment-magical-essex-school-downshall-wins-dementia-award

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Children 'denied free school meals because of parents' immigration status'

Headteachers and campaigners say ministers must review policy that leaves poorest families without access to benefits

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/may/09/children-denied-free-school-meals-because-of-parents-immigration-status

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Primary school invites in elderly people to work with young pupils

Downshall primary school in Essex hosts day centre where older people, some with early dementia, can interact with children

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/dec/11/primary-school-elderly-people-work-with-young-pupils-essex

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