Profiles

Jason Wing, executive principal, Neale-Wade academy
Jason Wing, executive principal, 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, Impetus-PEF
Andy Ratcliffe, chief executive, 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, chief inspector, Ofsted
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted
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...
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...

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