Profiles

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...
Toby Young, free school chief executive
Toby Young, free school chief executive
It is 5.30am on the day I am meeting Toby Young, the gonzo journalist turned right-wing columnist turned free school founder, and my cat is making life difficult....
John Tomsett
John Tomsett
John Tomsett, head of Huntington school, York Each week since 2012 John Tomsett has typed a missive beginning with the sentence: “I have been a teacher for 27...
Christine Bayliss: Teen truant to school founder
Christine Bayliss: Teen truant to school founder
Christine Bayliss, academy trust founder and former civil servant In Sepember 13, 2014, the first edition of Schools Week burst on to the scene with a front-page story about...
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales, chief executive of the National Association of School Business Management As a sportsman and former national league basketball champion, Stephen Morales wants to know where everyone...
Kathy Kirkham
Kathy Kirkham
Kathy Kirkham, chief operating officer, Bright Tribe Kathy Kirkham is the model of a no-fuss multi-academy trust leader. She’s open and direct, addressing each question thoughtfully and without...

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