Profiles

Jarlath O'Brien, headteacher, Carwarden House community school
Jarlath O’Brien, headteacher, Carwarden House community school
Ofsted is not something Jarlath O’Brien talks about to his staff, he tells me, as we sip tea in his office, foliage framing our conversation. He goes a...
Charlie Stripp, Director, NCETM
Charlie Stripp, Director, NCETM
It isn’t supposed to be like this. The plan had been to meet in a glorious Victorian hotel and have afternoon tea. Instead we are quaffing from paper...
Libby Nicholas, CEO, Reach4 academy trust
Libby Nicholas, CEO, Reach4 academy trust
Reach4 is a wild experiment. It is the first spin-off academy trust: distinct from its parent company Reach2, but part of the overall “Reach” family. It’s a slightly...
Adrian Packer, chief executive CORE education trust
Adrian Packer, chief executive CORE education trust
Adrian Packer is the man you call in a crisis. It’s a reputation he earned after setting up the first free school sponsored by a Premier League football...
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...

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