• The debate

    Exclusions: are there too many or too few?

    “It’s like arguing that if we had more people in prison we’d have a better society”

  • The Interview

    Ed Vainker, executive principal, Reach Feltham

    “In the last 18 months we have handed back two EHCPs”

  • Michael Merrick

    Deputy head, St Cuthbert’s Catholic Community School

    “There is no magic bullet. It’s just grinding it out and trying to be decent”

  • Paul Luxmoore

    CEO, Coastal Academies Trust

    “That’s why I’m in Thanet, I’m a bloody missionary!”

  • Zoe Carr

    CEO, WISE Academies

    “When the chips are down, are you prepared to do whatever it takes so our children get the best possible deal?”

  • David Laws, Natalie Perera

    Executive chairman and Executive director, Education Policy Institute

    “We want to avoid plucking solutions out of the air that aren’t evidence-based”

  • Peter Lee

    Head of School, Q3 Langley

    “I think we’ve designed the school around the disadvantaged child”

  • Sabrina Hobbs

    Principal, Severndale Specialist Academy

    “ It’s about developing the future generation into making a different society”

  • Carole Willis

    Chief Executive, National Foundation for Educational Research

    “We will guard our independence jealously”

  • Katharine Birbalsingh

    Headmistress, Michaela Community School

    “I don’t want to be saying about schools that they’re doing the wrong thing”

  • Debra Rutley

    Executive headteacher, Aspire Alternative Provision

    “I know what it’s like to have that fear in the pit of your stomach”