Profiles

Rajbir Hazelwood, programme officer, the Brilliant Club
Rajbir Hazelwood, programme officer, the Brilliant Club
Rajbir Hazelwood is like a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day, guaranteed to perk you up. On the day we meet, the 31-year-old is starting her fourth...
Carol Dweck, professor of psychology, Stanford University
Carol Dweck, professor of psychology, Stanford University
Carol Dweck floats like a butterfly but her intellect stings like a bee. Gliding into the reception of the Caledonian Club – a private members’ club in the...
Simon Knight, deputy head, Frank Wise School
Simon Knight, deputy head, Frank Wise School
Simon Knight smiles when he tells of the one question he is often asked about his work: “Often the comment I get when I tell people what I...
Sam Gyimah, junior minister for childcare and education, DfE
Sam Gyimah, junior minister for childcare and education, DfE
Sam Gyimah has just moved into David Laws’ office in the Department for Education’s Sanctuary buildings – a fact he points out with nervous laughter. But the junior...
Tim Oates, group director of assessment research and development, Cambridge Assessment
Tim Oates, group director of assessment research and development, Cambridge Assessment
For Tim Oates, a school is not just a school. “It’s not that simple”, insists the research director. “They are a place where these really complex transactions go...
Liz Sproat, head of Google education for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Liz Sproat, head of Google education for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Liz Sproat is a woman on message. The Google executive believes skills such as communication, collaboration and creativity will help young people thrive in a rapidly changing world...
David McQueen, speaker, executive coach and facilitator
David McQueen, speaker, executive coach and facilitator
It is the morning of the general election and I’m in Radlett, Hertfordshire to meet David McQueen. McQueen, who runs Magnificent Generation, a pupil mentoring programme, bounds into...
Kate Dethridge, primary head and national leader of education
Kate Dethridge, primary head and national leader of education
Kate Dethridge became a dame at the start of this year – but she was nearly the last person to find out. For starters, the vital letter from...
Lynda Clapham, headteacher, Sidney Stringer Academy
Lynda Clapham, headteacher, Sidney Stringer Academy
When it comes to promoting reading, Lynda Clapham uses a “reverse psychology” strategy that nearly always works. She combines that strategy with a self-confessed bossiness to encourage the...

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