Posts by: laura.mcinerney

Experts
Every time an English school is forced to take a day off for bad weather, the usual suspects ooze out of the woodwork and make a fuss about...
Profiles
Helena Marsh is scouring the SSAT conference programme looking for a suitable interview time. She’s one of the opening keynote speakers, wearing a yellow dress that her assistant...
Profiles
Stag’s Hill in Guildford is an address known to the many secondary teachers who have submitted GCSE coursework to AQA. Its name conjures the image of a royal...
Profiles
This isn’t supposed to be a story about Grenfell Tower. It’s supposed to be the story of David Benson, a poster boy for the Teach First mission, who...
Profiles
The Charles Dickens Museum café is a pertinent location to meet Daisy Christodoulou, the author of the enduringly popular Seven Myths of Education, as there’s something about her...
Experts
“The Conservative Party has got a major problem when its own secretary of state for education is on the stage announcing a ‘skills revolution’, but the schools minister...
Profiles
Cognita Schools is a rare thing: a turnaround private school chain, a phenomenon more commonly discussed in relation to state schools than the independent sector. Back in 2015...
Profiles
“I have never known what is weird and what is not,” says Brett Wigdortz, the man who founded teacher training programme Teach First 15 years ago and, as...
Profiles
Dave Cobb has sold cakes to old ladies, mobile phones to wide boys and, in his more than ten years in teacher recruitment, has probably interviewed more disgruntled...
Experts
In the delirious early hours of last Friday morning I tweeted that, finally, the nail was in the coffin for the grammar schools project. A hung parliament meant...
Profiles
On a half-finished housing estate, nestled between between the A4130 and Wantage Road in Oxfordshire, builders are finishing a utopian dream of suburbia. Over 3,300 new homes are...