Profiles

Emma Sheppard, founder, MaternityTeacher PaternityTeacher project
Emma Sheppard, founder, MaternityTeacher PaternityTeacher project
Emma Sheppard is on a mission to make it easier for parents to stay in teaching – and to move into leadership roles – and one way she...
Robert Halfon, Chair, Education select committee
Robert Halfon, Chair, Education select committee
Robert Halfon, the new chair of the education select committee, campaigned in the corridors of Parliament for the position using leaflets and badges as if he were in...
Natasha Porter, CEO, Unlocked Graduates
Natasha Porter, CEO, Unlocked Graduates
Teach First is spawning. First there was Frontline, which applied the model to social care, and Think Ahead, focusing on mental health. Then came Police Now. The latest...
Jan Dubiel, Head of national and international development, Early Excellence
Jan Dubiel, Head of national and international development, Early Excellence
Specialist early-years training company Early Excellence was famously shafted by the Department for Education in November, in the latest instalment of the baseline assessment debacle. But its head...
Helena Marsh, executive principal, Chilford Hundred Education Trust
Helena Marsh, executive principal, Chilford Hundred Education Trust
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...
Toby Salt, Chief executive, AQA
Toby Salt, Chief executive, AQA
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...
Christine Counsell, Director of Education, Inspiration Trust
Christine Counsell, Director of Education, Inspiration Trust
Norfolk-based Inspiration Trust is proud of its reputation as a “knowledge-based” multi-academy trust – evidenced by one of the mission statements fronting their slick website: “Securing literacy and...
David Benson, Principal, Kensington Aldridge Academy
David Benson, Principal, Kensington Aldridge Academy
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...
Daisy Christodoulou, Director, No More Marking
Daisy Christodoulou, Director, No More Marking
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...
Matt Hood - Director, Institute for Teaching
Matt Hood – Director, Institute for Teaching
For a man in his early 30s, Matt Hood has had a lot of jobs. But as the inaugural director of the Institute for Teaching chats excitedly from...
Sam Twiselton, Director, Sheffield Institute of Education
Sam Twiselton, Director, Sheffield Institute of Education
Sam Twiselton narrates the Carter Review of initial teacher training as a satisfying morality tale of evidence over ideology. The director of the Sheffield Institute of Education played...

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