Profiles

Tom Ravenscroft, CEO, Enabling Enterprise
Tom Ravenscroft, CEO, Enabling Enterprise
Tom Ravenscroft is perhaps the most quietly passionate proponent of a “skills” curriculum in education today – and if that rings alarm bells, keep reading. He was just...
Lewis Iwu, former director, Fair Education Alliance
Lewis Iwu, former director, Fair Education Alliance
Last year, when the grammar schools policy flooded media channels, Lewis Iwu stepped up to speak on radio, television and in campaign halls. It was a moment he...
Mark Lehain, Director of Parents and Teachers for Excellence
Mark Lehain, Director of Parents and Teachers for Excellence
Standing in line at the Café Nero one street down from the Department for Education, a message pops onto my phone. “I’ll have an Americano… a full on...
Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of Buckingham University and former Master of Wellington College
Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of Buckingham University and former Master of Wellington College
Anthony Seldon recently failed to get the government to agree to a new leadership college he would run. Undeterred, he has bounced back with a new wellbeing conference....
Chris Jansen, chief executive, Cognita Schools
Chris Jansen, chief executive, Cognita Schools
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...
Brett Wigdortz, founder, Teach First
Brett Wigdortz, founder, Teach First
“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...
Dave Cobb, CEO, Oceanova Group
Dave Cobb, CEO, Oceanova Group
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...
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted
When Amanda Spielman told a packed audience at the Festival of Education that she aspired to be like Bismarck, it was hoped that the chief inspector meant Otto...
Jill Wood, headteacher, Little London Primary School
Jill Wood, headteacher, Little London Primary School
Last month, when the Standards and Testing Agency sent its exam papers for 11-year-olds to Little London primary school in Leeds, they went into a cupboard and stayed...
Andrew Moffat, assistant head, Parkfield Community School
Andrew Moffat, assistant head, Parkfield Community School
Andrew Moffat, an assistant headteacher at one of the largest primary schools in Birmingham, appears unstoppable: he is navigating a school bus down a street, dodging ladies in...
Hannah Wilson, headteacher, Aureus School
Hannah Wilson, headteacher, Aureus School
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...

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