Profiles

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, Sutton Coldfield
Sue Bailey, assistant head, Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield
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 of the National Association of Secondary Moderns
Ian Widdows, founder of the 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,...
Jason Wing, executive principal of Neale-Wade academy
Jason Wing, executive principal of Neale-Wade academy
Jason Wing taught himself to become a national standard long-jumper when he was 12. He went on to represent Great Britain, become a professional rugby league player, and...
Andy Ratcliffe, chief executive of Impetus-PEF
Andy Ratcliffe, chief executive of Impetus-PEF
Facebook may get stick for perpetuating “fake news”, but the social network also helps to keep the education innovator Andy Ratcliffe grounded in reality. His day job as...
Kiran Gill, Founder, The Difference
Kiran Gill, Founder, The Difference
A year ago Kiran Gill was writing angry columns for Schools Week that kicked against the “no excuses” culture in schools that favoured the exclusion of children rather...
Geoff Barton, general secretary-designate, Association of School and College Leaders
Geoff Barton, general secretary-designate, Association of School and College Leaders
Geoff Barton strides around his school with the pride of a parent whose child has won a prize for being the best in everything. As he paces the...
Amanda Spielman: Is Ofsted measuring what we think we're measuring?
Amanda Spielman: Is Ofsted measuring what we think we’re measuring?
Two months into the job and Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s new chief inspector, has shot out of the traps as you would expect – with research in hand. Criticised...
Profile: John Roberts, chief executive, Edapt
Profile: John Roberts, chief executive, Edapt
John Roberts’s Instagram feed is enough to make the average person sick. Not only does the 32-year-old spend what seems an impossible amount of time atop mountains, his...
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...

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