Profiles

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...
John Howson, director, DataForEducation
John Howson, director, DataForEducation
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, chief executive, LEAF
Ros McMullen, chief executive, LEAF
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, shadow education secretary
Tristram Hunt, shadow education secretary
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, author and former teacher
Debra Kidd, author and former teacher
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, national schools commissioner, DfE
Frank Green, national schools commissioner, DfE
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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