Profiles

Mike Kane, MP, Shadow schools minister
Mike Kane, MP, Shadow schools minister
It’s Holocaust Memorial Day and parliament’s Central Lobby is bustling with school groups and easily recognised faces. Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, greets us himself...
John Murphy, CEO, Oasis Community Learning
John Murphy, CEO, Oasis Community Learning
John Murphy, weight 16½ stone, chief of a multi-academy trust founded by a Baptist minister, can karate kick a plank of wood in half. You wouldn’t disbelieve it...
Alison Peacock, CEO, Chartered College of Teaching
Alison Peacock, CEO, Chartered College of Teaching
According to documents squirrelled away on the Charities Commission website, the new (and not uncontroversial) Chartered College of Teaching aims to “advance education for the benefit of the...
Steve Taylor, executive headteacher, Robin Hood primary academy
Steve Taylor, executive headteacher, Robin Hood primary academy
On an unremarkable road in Hall Green, on the outskirts of Birmingham city centre, sits a small brick hut that is the front to Robin Hood academy. Beyond...
Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner
Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner
It’s been an 11-month wait for an interview with David Carter, the lead kingmaker in the new world of education. Since Schools Week started we’ve tracked the eight...
Sarah Wild, headteacher, Limpsfield Grange school, Surrey
Sarah Wild, headteacher, Limpsfield Grange school, Surrey
Sarah Wild does not want to be known as the crazy lady with the goats. So let me put the record straight: Sarah Wild, headteacher of Limpsfield Grange...
Lucy Crehan, author of Cleverlands
Lucy Crehan, author of Cleverlands
Over the next fortnight, education geeks will be wetting themselves with excitement as the results from this year’s World Cleverest Kids competition comes to its climax. TIMSS and...
Lucy Kellaway, co-founder of Now Teach
Lucy Kellaway, co-founder of Now Teach
It is a cliché of modern times that awful education policies are followed by a plethora of so-called “open letters” in which sad teachers announce they are flouncing...
Louise Holmes, founder of EdCentral
Louise Holmes, founder of EdCentral
It is the small moments in schools that turn a child’s life. A kind word, the winning of a race, the way a best friend sticks up for...
Tuesday Humby, Principal, Ormiston Chadwick academy
Tuesday Humby, Principal, Ormiston Chadwick academy
Never in a month of Tuesdays did I think Bankfield, a comprehensive in my home town and well-known as “the dodgy school”, would become a turnaround success. When...
Nicky Morgan, former education secretary
Nicky Morgan, former education secretary
Every education secretary has a story of the day they were appointed. Estelle Morris forgot to take photo-ready shoes. Shirley Williams accepted via a late-night phone call in...

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