Profiles

Brett Wigdortz, founder, Teach First
Brett Wigdortz, founder, Teach First
“I have never known what is weird and what is not,” says Brett Wigdortz, the man who founded teacher training programme Teach First 15 years ago and, as...
Dave Cobb, CEO, Oceanova Group
Dave Cobb, CEO, Oceanova Group
Dave Cobb has sold cakes to old ladies, mobile phones to wide boys and, in his more than ten years in teacher recruitment, has probably interviewed more disgruntled...
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted
When Amanda Spielman told a packed audience at the Festival of Education that she aspired to be like Bismarck, it was hoped that the chief inspector meant Otto...
Jill Wood, headteacher, Little London Primary School
Jill Wood, headteacher, Little London Primary School
Last month, when the Standards and Testing Agency sent its exam papers for 11-year-olds to Little London primary school in Leeds, they went into a cupboard and stayed...
Andrew Moffat, assistant head, Parkfield Community School
Andrew Moffat, assistant head, Parkfield Community School
Andrew Moffat, an assistant headteacher at one of the largest primary schools in Birmingham, appears unstoppable: he is navigating a school bus down a street, dodging ladies in...
Hannah Wilson, headteacher, Aureus School
Hannah Wilson, headteacher, Aureus School
On a half-finished housing estate, nestled between between the A4130 and Wantage Road in Oxfordshire, builders are finishing a utopian dream of suburbia. Over 3,300 new homes are...
Russell Hobby, outgoing general secretary, National Association of Head Teachers
Russell Hobby, outgoing general secretary, National Association of Head Teachers
Russell Hobby did a profile with The Guardian when he started at the NAHT. In it the journalist interviewing him described him as the boy most likely to...
Mary Myatt, education consultant, speaker and author
Mary Myatt, education consultant, speaker and author
There’s something about Mary Myatt that rings of a Hollywood star. Perhaps it’s her exquisite style. She is bedecked in beautiful materials and natty jewellery. Or perhaps it’s...
Sue Bailey, assistant head, Arthur Terry School
Sue Bailey, assistant head, Arthur Terry School
Sue Bailey is not your average assistant head. Her colleagues are in awe of her, and it’s not just for her (apparently legendary) baking skills. Over her 41-year...
Ian Widdows, founder, National Association of Secondary Moderns
Ian Widdows, founder, National Association of Secondary Moderns
For a man who almost named his organisation the Society for the Prevention of Attacks on Secondary Moderns just to be able to abbreviate it to SPASM, Ian...
Jonathan Simons, director of policy and advocacy, Varkey Foundation
Jonathan Simons, director of policy and advocacy, Varkey Foundation
Jonathan Simons has been the pantomime villain of education circles for the past five years. As director of education at Policy Exchange, the think-tank started by Michael Gove,...

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