Profiles

Jon Coles, group chief executive, United Learning Trust
Jon Coles, group chief executive, United Learning Trust
Jon Coles is trying to walk in a straight line across a hill. He needs to get from one place at the hill’s base, to another, in the...
Effat Rahimi-Kaloujeh, SIMS inclusion manager, Westminster Academy
Effat Rahimi-Kaloujeh, SIMS inclusion manager, Westminster Academy
When staff at Westminster Academy greet Effat Rahimi-Kaloujeh, there is clear admiration and respect in their voices. It is not surprising. Her determination to help others and learn...
Ross McGill, deputy head, Quintin Kynaston Community Academy
Ross McGill, deputy head, Quintin Kynaston Community Academy
Ross McGill, blogger, Twitter fiend and a deputy head, Quintin Kynaston Community Academy, north London Wearing a long black coat, fluorescent vest and speaking into a walkie-talkie, Ross...
Jo-Anne Baird, director, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment
Jo-Anne Baird, director, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment
If you can’t find Jo-Anne Baird in one of the University of Oxford’s historic buildings, you will probably find her taking a stroll with her husband and dog...
Lynn Greenwold, chief executive, Patoss
Lynn Greenwold, chief executive, Patoss
Lynn Greenwold’s home is a testament to her rich and varied life and career. We are in her kitchen in Stow-on-the-Wold, an Atlantis of sorts where plants grow...
David Weston, chief executive, Teacher Development Trust
David Weston, chief executive, Teacher Development Trust
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, chair, Ofqual
Amanda Spielman, chair, Ofqual
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, managing director, Laura Henry Consultancy
Laura Henry, managing director, Laura Henry Consultancy
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, chief executive, SSAT
Sue Williamson, chief executive, SSAT
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, former schools commissioner for London
Tim Brighouse, former schools commissioner for London
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, teacher, Archbishop Lanfranc Academy
Chloe Shaw, teacher, Archbishop Lanfranc Academy
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...

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