Profiles

David Weston
David Weston
It’s been half an hour and David Weston has yet to pause for breath. He’s covered the first 30 years of his life when he decides that he’d...
Amanda Spielman
Amanda Spielman
Somewhere in a parallel universe Amanda Spielman is knitting in an important meeting. Clacking needles helps with concentration, says the chair of exam regulator Ofqual, pulling a half-finished...
Laura Henry
Laura Henry
Laura Henry’s enthusiasm and energy for early years’ education is undimmed after more than 25 years in the sector. As is her determination to speak up for children....
Sue Williamson
Sue Williamson
Sue Williamson smiles when she says that her late father would be “appalled” that she’s an Arsenal fan. Her allegiance is mainly geographical as the Specialist Schools and...
Tim Brighouse
Tim Brighouse
The longer you talk about a problem in education, the more likely you tend towards the solution “clone Tim Brighouse”. Yet the twice-retired 74-year-old seems to have enough...
CHLOE SHAW
CHLOE SHAW
When Chloe Shaw goes to friends for dinner, they like to hide the spoons. As one-sixth of the cast in last year’s BBC documentary, Tough Young Teachers, the...
John Howson
John Howson
John Howson’s 40-year career seems to cover everything: teacher, teacher trainer, academia, data expert. So to sum up his life in a way that does not exclude any...
Ros McMullen
Ros McMullen
Sitting across from Ros McMullen, it is hard to imagine the headteacher of one of the most successful turnaround schools in Yorkshire as a teenage political activist in...
Tristram hunt
Tristram hunt
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt is so tall he has to fold himself like an envelope when crawling into a chair in his Parliament Square office. Surrounded by...
Debra Kidd
Debra Kidd
I meet Debra Kidd, outspoken author and former teacher, in a café off a bustling main road in Manchester’s West Didsbury. It is a far cry from when...
Frank Green
Frank Green
Frank Green’s name is half-prophetic. Within seconds of entering a small office in the Department for Education, he is already being outrageously honest. “Have I been briefed?! I’ve...

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