Profiles

Emma Knights
Emma Knights
Emma Knights, chief executive, the National Governors’ Association Emma Knights is a sharp operator who believes organisations are “collectively wiser than one individual”. And when you meet the chief...
Nick Gibb
Nick Gibb
Nick Gibb has three large maps taped to the walls of his Department for Education office. They show regional figures for pupils’ reading and writing achievements aged 11,...
Lucy Powell
Lucy Powell
Lucy Powell, shadow education secretary For someone who by her own admission “hardly knows” Jeremy Corbyn, you can imagine Lucy Powell’s surprise when she received a late Sunday...
David Didau reveals his journey to becoming an edu-sceptic
David Didau reveals his journey to becoming an edu-sceptic
David Didau, consultant, blogger and tweeter David Didau doesn’t think teachers should be quiet in the classroom. In fact he hates the idea that teachers shouldn’t talk. Let’s hope...
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has just revealed that his favourite childhood toy was a silver gun, and his favourite film is The Godfather....
Neil Carmichael
Neil Carmichael
Neil Carmichael, chairman of the education select committee, Conservative MP for Stroud It is the day after the new education select committee members have been confirmed. It is...
Mike Cladingbowl
Mike Cladingbowl
Executive principal of Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust, Cheshire, and Ofsted’s former national director for schools Mike Cladingbowl is an imposing figure with a real “headteacher vibe” – although he’s just six...
Rajbir Hazelwood
Rajbir Hazelwood
Rajbir Hazelwood, programme officer, The Brilliant Club Rajbir Hazelwood is like a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day, guaranteed to perk you up. On the day we...
Carol Dweck
Carol Dweck
Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University Carol Dweck floats like a butterfly but her intellect stings like a bee. Gliding into the reception of the Caledonian...
Simon Knight
Simon Knight
Simon Knight, deputy headteacher, Frank Wise School, Banbury, Oxfordshire Simon Knight smiles when he tells of the one question he is often asked about his work: “Often the...
Sam Gyimah
Sam Gyimah
Sam Gyimah, junior minister for childcare and education Sam Gyimah has just moved into David Laws’ office in the Department for Education’s Sanctuary buildings – a fact he points...

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