Profiles

Emma Knights, chief executive, National Governors’ Association
Emma Knights, chief executive, National Governors’ Association
Emma Knights is a sharp operator who believes organisations are “collectively wiser than one individual”. And when you meet the chief executive of the National Governors’ Association (NGA),...
Nick Gibb, schools minister, DfE
Nick Gibb, schools minister, DfE
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, shadow education secretary
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 night phone call less than...
David Didau, consultant, blogger and tweeter
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 he has no plans to shut...
Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector, Ofsted
Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector, Ofsted
Sir Michael Wilshaw has just revealed that his favourite childhood toy was a silver gun, and his favourite film is The Godfather. It is an emblematic moment. Known...
Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud
Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud
It is the day after the new education select committee members have been confirmed. It is now an almost all-women line-up (eight out eleven) with only two members...
Mike Cladingbowl, former national director for schools, Ofsted
Mike Cladingbowl, former national director for schools, Ofsted
Mike Cladingbowl is an imposing figure with a real “headteacher vibe” – although he’s just six months into his new job. When Knutsford Academy pupils pass him in...
Rajbir Hazelwood, programme officer, the Brilliant Club
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 meet, the 31-year-old is starting her fourth...
Carol Dweck, professor of psychology, Stanford University
Carol Dweck, professor of psychology, Stanford University
Carol Dweck floats like a butterfly but her intellect stings like a bee. Gliding into the reception of the Caledonian Club – a private members’ club in the...
Simon Knight, deputy head, Frank Wise School
Simon Knight, deputy head, Frank Wise School
Simon Knight smiles when he tells of the one question he is often asked about his work: “Often the comment I get when I tell people what I...
Sam Gyimah, junior minister for childcare and education, DfE
Sam Gyimah, junior minister for childcare and education, DfE
Sam Gyimah has just moved into David Laws’ office in the Department for Education’s Sanctuary buildings – a fact he points out with nervous laughter. But the junior...

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