Profiles

Mary Bousted - general secretary of ATL and TUC president
Mary Bousted – general secretary of ATL and TUC president
Mary Bousted is sitting in her central London office near Trafalgar Square and quibbling with my first question. “It’s funny you say I’m strident, because that’s not how...
Dan Moynihan, chief executive of Harris Federation
Dan Moynihan, chief executive of Harris Federation
Dan Moynihan is the much mythologised £400,000-a-year chief executive of the much mythologised Harris Federation, an academy trust with a history of aggressive takeovers and an unbelievable record...
Profile of James Townsend, Educational Foundation for Leadership
Profile of James Townsend, Educational Foundation for Leadership
James Townsend is the very model of a modern religious millennial. White, male, under-30, posh-sounding with a fancy job title, he has the stereotypical trappings of privilege and...
Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary
Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary
Angela Rayner has a constituent named Dave who calls her “Boudicca” in his emails. “It’s because I’m fiery and tenacious and stand in the face of danger,” the...
Andrew Sabisky, political forecaster
Andrew Sabisky, political forecaster
In a week in which two shadow education secretaries resigned, the incumbent secretary angled to run the country, and no one seemed to know if the education white...
Tony Sewell: chief executive, Generating Genius
Tony Sewell: chief executive, Generating Genius
It’s a brave man who takes on Owen Jones in front of a young audience. Jones, author of Chavs and darling of left-wing socialists, is beloved among angsty...
Emma Breckenridge - Head of Kingfisher Hall and Enfield Heights
Emma Breckenridge – Head of Kingfisher Hall and Enfield Heights
Emma Breckenridge, headteacher of Kingfisher Hall primary academy and Enfield Heights academy, north London In the first months of 1985, EastEnders started, Gorbachev was elected, and Band Aid...
Dame Sally Coates, director of academies south, United Learning
Dame Sally Coates, director of academies south, United Learning
Before meeting Sally Coates, former superhead and author of Headstrong, I check my shoes. The fable is that she doesn’t like brown ones. Mine are grey; hers black....
The faces behind school gaming research - Centre for High Performance
The faces behind school gaming research – Centre for High Performance
Last month the Centre for High Performance – a company created by two academics – received more than 20,000 messages. Unfortunately, most of them were hate mail. Things...
Jon Yates, strategy director at The Challenge
Jon Yates, strategy director at The Challenge
Jon Yates is slender, ginger and no longer in a meeting that he should be in. He is on the phone being harassed by me – and it’s...
Becky Francis, Director of the Institute of Education
Becky Francis, Director of the Institute of Education
When Becky Francis was announced as the new director of the UCL Institute of Education, the largest education research body in the UK, there was something of a...

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