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Welcome from Tim Browse, our new PHAB Chair

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

Read Tim's letter sent to heads during October half-term

Dear Heads,

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Tim and I am the headteacher of Air Balloon Hill Primary school. I am also very pleased to say that I am the Chair of PHAB (Primary Heads Association of Bristol).

PHAB is an association set up by school leaders for school leaders. Our members are headteachers from across the education spectrum. We are not tied to the local authority or to any academy chain. We are not a union and we hold no political bias. We are simply headteachers of Bristol who are working together so that we feel informed, empowered and looked after.

Although non-partisan, our executive members do sit on a range of city-wide groups and boards:

· Complex Needs Group

· Recruitment and Retention Group

· Early Years Partnership Board

· Excellence in Schools Group

· Children and families Board

· Safeguarding Board

· School’s Forum

· Inclusion in Education Group

This not only ensures that we can keep out members up to date with key issues that are affecting our schools but also means that the primary voice is heard across the city.

We have some simple priorities for the year ahead:

· Contribute to the discussions on SEND provision following Bristol’s recent Ofsted inspection.

· Provide quality CPD for Heads through our meetings and annual conference .

· Establish more networking opportunities for Heads .

· Support Heads’ well-being.

· Make sure we feel informed of what’s going on across our city.

If you are not already a member of PHAB then I hope you will consider joining. I appreciate that for many leaders of schools within a MAT, you may already feel informed and supported in your role. However, you can never have too many friends. Being a part of PHAB widens our professional perspective and enables us to engage with others outside of our usual spheres of influence. What’s more, having members from all primary educational sectors strengthens our voice and our ability to help shape the future for all schools.

If you would like to learn more about how to join PHAB then please contact either myself or our business manager, Rob, by emailing us at

I hope that all of you are able to attend our upcoming conference on 12th and 13th March.

Kind regards,

Tim Browse

New Heads Postscript

I was delighted to attend the first day of the New Heads programme on 7th October 2019. As I said on the day, PHAB is a great way to help new leaders settle into their new role and/or the city. You will get lots of support from the New Heads Programme but PHAB can also offer you some additional extras. Not only will you have access to our meetings and events but, as a new Head we can also offer you an informal buddy. An experienced Head, who can be a voice at the end of a telephone and help you with any questions or queries you may have about being a Head in Bristol. (Especially those questions you don’t really want to ask your CEO/BEP/Deputy/Chair of Governors) If you are a new Head and would like to know more about joining PHAB or would like to establish a PHAB link, please get in touch at

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