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Nathan Atkinson

Nathan Atkinson

Top 50 finalist in the 2017 Global Teacher Prize

Nathan Atkinson is passionate about making a difference to young people, their families and the communities within which they live. Having been a headteacher in three schools he has a wide range of experience working in schools that serve vulnerable and challenging communities. Nathan has been described as an entrepreneurial school leader whose innovative solutions have resulted in school improvement and the growth of communities.

A notable achievement for Nathan has been the creation of Fuel for School. This is a programme that provides food and education to school communities across Leeds, Bradford, Wigan, Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool and Brighton. This work has seen Nathan speak in Parliament, work alongside Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and even receive personal recognition from Her Royal Highness Princess Ann. Fuel for School uses food that would otherwise have been thrown away and diverts it into schools and their surrounding communities. Through this work Nathan has campaigned against Holiday Hunger and has provided solutions both in schools and through retail venues across Leeds City Centre.

Nathan has experience working with children across a wide range of age groups and has taught all year groups in primary settings from Nursery to Year 6. In addition to this Nathan has worked with young people across secondary schools and undergraduates at Universities.

Inclusion is something Nathan is passionate about, at his most recent school he had a city wide resourced provision for children with complex communication needs, this experience ensures he can work effectively with a wide range of children with varying needs. Pupil wellbeing is of paramount importance to Nathan and he has shaped the schools where he has been headteacher to reflect this.

Owing to his experience as a headteacher Nathan has experienced a number of school inspections. Nathan is able to share the highs and lows of Ofsted Inspections and associated school improvement required to ensure a school meets the required standards.

Nathan believes it is important to make learning as real life as possible and has worked creatively with a wide range of external partners to enrich the curriculum and outcomes for pupils. Partners include; Welcome to Yorkshire, Doncaster Rovers Football Club, Bauer Media, Leeds Rhinos, The Light Leeds and the NSPCC.

Nathan certainly motivates his audience, he also makes them cry from time to time! Once you have heard him speak, you will be driven to influence change in a positive way, both for yourself and for others.

Testimonials from Teachers

“Over 250 delegates broke into spontaneous applause at the British Nutrition Foundation’s 50th anniversary conference in London, during a presentation by Headteacher, Nathan Atkinson, about the reality and impact of ‘holiday hunger’ in schoolchildren in Leeds and across the UK. The conference, ‘Talking about the next generation: Nutrition in school aged children’, included a full programme of academic presentations, and was staged to discuss the importance of good nutrition and physical activity in the health and wellbeing of children, and the influence it may have on their academic development and behaviour.”

– Hospitality and Catering News, April 2017

"I have received great feedback from your delivery on Friday."

– B. Williams, CEO, Legra Multi Academy Trust

"Nathan's passion for making a difference to the lives of children and their families really shines through."

– J Ross, Deputy Headteacher, Richmond Hill Primary School​

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West Yorkshire


  • Primary
  • Enterprise
  • Creative
  • Lifestyle
  • Well-being
  • Teacher CPD

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