Our festival contributors

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Camila Batmanghelidjh
Camila Batmanghelidjh, CBE is the founder of two children’s charities - The Place 2 Be (now national) and Kids Company, where she currently works with some of the most traumatised young people living in London.

Kids Company was set up in 1996. It employs more than 550 staff, benefits from...more
George the Poet
George the Poet
He is the hippest poet in Britain. You may have seen him on BBC or Channel 4 or Sky TV, heard him on Radio 1 or attended one of his performances, blending poetry and rap to hypnotic effect. You might be one of the half a million people who have watched him on YouTube. Some of his poems have up to 35...more
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Heidi Mirza

Heidi Safia Mirza is Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and Professor Emerita in Equalities Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. She is known for her pioneering research on race, gender and identity in education and has an international reputati...more
Andrew Adonis
Andrew Adonis was born in London in 1963 and educated at Kingham Hill School, a boarding school in Oxfordshire. He studied history at Keble College, Oxford, followed by a PhD in modern history and a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford, when he was also elected to Oxford City Council (from 1987 ...more
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Caroline Ainslie
Caroline Ainslie, Founder and CEO of Bubbly Maths Edutainment.
Caroline is woman with a purpose and that is to make mathematics fun to learn (and teach!). An electronic engineer by profession, Caroline founded Bubbly Maths in 2005 when she couldn’t stand the thought of children not enjoying ...more
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Kausar Ali
Kausar Ali has forty years of teaching experience in various mainstream schools located in the areas of Wimbledon, Sutton and Croydon and has been a member of UK Ladies’ Association for Promotion of Urdu Language since 1991, and  a member of ALL (Association for Language Learning) since 200...more
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ArtsEd Youth Dance Company
ArtsEd Youth Dance Company (AEYDC) is an opportunity for students from ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form to perform as part of a contemporary dance company at prestigious events throughout the UK.   In the past three years AEYDC has performed at The Royal Albert Hall (Dance Proms), The...more
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Felipe Alviar-Baquero
Felipe Alviar-Baquero is a dad, a Solicitor and an entrepreneur. He currently works at INDECS Consulting Limited where he specialises in advising multinational companies, governments, export credit agencies and multinational financial institutions in complex infrastructure projects. Prior to joini...more
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Richard Atkins
Richard Atkins has been Principal of Exeter College since 2002, and was previously Principal of Yeovil College for seven years. He has been elected President of the Association of Colleges (AoC) for 2014/15. Richard has held a number of national roles over the past twenty years whilst being a col...more
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Stephen Ball
Professor Stephen Ball - BA (Hons) Sociology; MA Sociological Studies, D.Phil Sociological Studies, Doctor Honoris causa (Turku); Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education.   Stephen has been a professor with the IOE since 2001 and currently teaches in the Department of Humanities a...more
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Louise Bamfield
Dr Louise Bamfield is Associate Director of Education at RSA, where she is currently leading development of a national reading strategy for Save the Children and the ‘Read On, Get On’ campaign.  Previously, she was a senior policy advisor at the government’s Child Poverty Unit, head of ...more
Natalie Bennett
Natalie Bennett is the Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, a post to which she was elected in September 2012.

She founded the Green Party Women’s Group and is a trustee of the Fawcett Society, Britain's pre-eminent women's issues group. Before entering the Green Party Lea...more
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Tom Bennett
Tom Bennett is a teacher, writer for the TES, author and Director of researchED. In 2015 he was nominated as one of only two UK teachers for the Global Teacher Prize.   researchED is his latest project, raising research literacy and helping reprofessionalise teaching. Since it began in 2013...more
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James Biddulph
James Biddulph BA(Hons.) PGCE MA MEd NPQH FRSA has been a primary school teacher since 2001 and is now the first Head Teacher of the University of Cambridge Primary School. 

Prior to this he started and was the Head teacher of one of four Hindu faith schools, Avanti Court Primary Scho...more
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Simon Birch
Simon has spent his career working in Special Education.
Ten years as Teacher in Charge of a Children’s Assessment Unit with the other twenty years in Residential School and Local Authority Special Schools.
Presently Deputy Head of Longford Park; an SEBD Primary and PRU in Trafford. The...more
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Frances Bodger
Frances Bodger is a lecturer in Primary Education in the Department of Early Years and Primary Education at UCL IOE.   She has a particular professional and research interest in the learning and teaching of primary English.   ...more
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John Bosselman
John Bosselman is a Project Based Learning Team Coach for the Innovation Unit. 

His work is mainly focused in the trial of Learning through REAL Projects as the Professional Development Lead and focuses on the growth of teachers and schools in their development and understanding of ...more
Box Clever
Box Clever
Box Clever is an award-winning, writer-led theatre company dedicated to the creation of contemporary theatre for young people. Our mission is to inspire, challenge and motivate young audiences. Over the last fifteen years, Box Clever has reached thousands of young people across the UK and beyond, ...more
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Myles Bremner
Myles became Director of the School Food Plan following its publication in July 2013.  This agreed Plan has the support of the Secretary of State for Education and the many diverse organisations who are going to support headteachers to improve food in their schools.  His role is to lead ...more
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Tim Brighouse
Born in Leicestershire (1940) and brought up there and in East Anglia, Tim attended state schools and took a degree and PGCE from Oxford. He then taught in Grammar (Derbyshire) and Secondary Modern (South Wales) schools before starting a career in educational administration in Monmouthshire.
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Tilly Brooke
Tilly Brooke is head of Head of School Engagement at now>press>play.   now>press>play is an immersive primary resource that brings the curriculum to life.    Before joining now>press>play Tilly was an actress and producer. She co-founded Art Saves Liv...more
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Brown Sugar Society
Brown Sugar Society is an idea of Francesca Pichel (vocals and guitar) and Rocco Brunori (trumpet, percussion and bass) that was developed while travelling for two years. After living and traveling in Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and UK they decided to create a collective of musician...more
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Keith Budge
Keith was educated at Rossall School before attending University College, Oxford where he read English, followed by a PGCE. He also gained 3 Blues at Rugby whilst at Oxford. He began his career teaching English at Eastbourne College, moving on to Marlborough where, following a year’s teaching ex...more
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Jennifer Buster
Jennifer Buster is the Assistant Director of Learning at St Mary Magdalene Academy where she steers the Inspire Programme - a series of projects and Masterclasses that support the needs of exceptional students at the Academy.

As a UCL IOE Confucius Classroom Manager, Jennifer also...more
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Katharine Carruthers
Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the UCL IOE Confucius Institute, a national and international centre for the training of teachers of Mandarin Chinese. The UCL IOE CI supports a large network of schools across England which are teaching Chinese as part of the mainstream curriculum, and...more
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Ed Chapman
Ed is on secondment from the Department for Education to support Challenge Partners with developing its strategic communications between schools and with the wider policy world.

At the Department for Education, Ed worked on school leadership policy (instigating the review of headteache...more
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Chickenshed is a company that makes beautiful and inspirational theatre. By bringing together people of all ages and from all backgrounds we produce outstanding theatre that entertains, inspires, challenges and informs both audiences and participants alike. Our vision is a society that celebrates ...more
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Nilufar S Chowdhury
Nilufar S. Chowdhury is a teacher and interpreter.
She has been Director for the Medway Ethnic Minority Forum and Head Teacher and Chairperson of the Bengali Language School (Shishu Kishor Club), since 2005. Nilufar used to work for Kent County Council (1989 -1998) and for Medway Council from ...more
Daisy Christodoulou
Daisy Christodoulou is the Research and Development Manager at ARK Schools. After training through Teach First she taught English in two London comprehensives. Her book, Seven Myths about Education, was published in March 2014. E.D. Hirsch described it as 'game-changing', and Dylan Wiliam said t...more
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City Academy
City Academy is one of London’s leading creative and performing arts academies for people from all walks of life, specialising in Dance, Acting, Singing, Filmmaking, Photography, Life Skills and more.

Running a range of evening, weekend and weekday courses at over thirty prestigious ve...more
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Jon Coles
 Since 2012, Jon Coles has been Chief Executive of United Learning, a group of independent schools and academies established 130 years ago.   Prior to this, his career in the Department for Education included four years on the Board as Director General and was responsible for a wide r...more
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Kevan Collins
Kevan Collins is Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.
Kevan has worked in public service for over twenty-five years and became the first EEF Chief Executive...more
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Chloe Combi
Chloe Combi is a former school teacher. She writes for the Independent, TES, Guardian, The Week and the New Statesman. She's a regular on TV and radio debates including BBC, Channel 4 News, Newsnight, Sky News and Woman's Hour.

Her work on child poverty, gangs and street violence granted...more
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Steve Connolly
Stephen Connolly’s work is a practice of cine-assemblage: texts, politics, places and history are brought together in an investigation of cinema and representation.   His films have been widely shown internationally since 2002.   ...more
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Sue Cowley
Sue Cowley is an author, presenter and teacher trainer.
Her publications include the international bestseller Getting the Buggers to Behave. Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools, and now helps to manage her local preschool. She is renowned as an inspirational teacher trainer, ...more
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Ayshea Craig
Ayshea is a lecturer in Primary Education at UCL Institute of Education where she teaches on the Primary PGCE and the Primary Specialist Mathematics PGCE.
A former primary school teacher, she has a passion for making mathematics more accessible and a strong belief that it’s a subject that ...more
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Rebecca Cramer
Rebecca is a graduate of the Teach First programme and Secondary Headteacher at Reach Academy Feltham, an all-through school she co-founded in 2012. Reach Academy was the first all-through Free School to be awarded Outstanding in every category by Ofsted in 2014.
Before Reach Academy Rebecca w...more
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Teresa Cremin
Teresa Cremin is a Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University.A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the English Association, Teresa is also a Trustee of the UKLA and the Society for Educational Studies, a Board Member of Booktrust, a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, a...more
Shaun Dellenty
Shaun Dellenty
Shaun Dellenty is the Deputy Headteacher of Alfred Salter Primary. A survivor of homophobic bullying, Shaun founded 'Inclusion For All' to prevent such bullying. Work includes schools, universities, Teach First, Amnesty, NCTL, NSPCC, Kidscape, Open University, House of Commons, with recent IFA confe...more
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Dr Feyisa Demie
Feyisa Demie is Head of Research and Adviser for School Self-evaluation at Lambeth LA. Prior to this he was a university lecturer in Kenya and London and Head of Research and Statistics in Southwark LA. Feyisa is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and has worked for the last 25 years wit...more
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Joan Deslandes
Joan Deslandes is the Head Teacher of Kingsford Community School in Newham.   Under her leadership, Kingsford has gained national and international recognition as an IOE Confucius Classroom and her leadership has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Her school was the first...more
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David Didau
David is the author of two books, with a third, What If Everything You Know About Education Is Wrong? is out in June. His award-winning blog, The Learning Spy, is one of the most popular and influential in the world. He taught for 15 years in UK schools, leading two English departments and as ...more
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Joe Dives
Joe Dives is a film maker and actor who has focused on creating films for third sector organisations and charities. He produced the award winning "Irons In The Fire" a documentary that highlights the impact of creative opportunity for young Londoners.

Joe runs One Giant, a corporate film...more
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Paul Dix
As a difficult child, relentless teacher and award winning behaviour trainer, Paul Dix's voice has echoed through many classrooms. A leading expert in Behaviour Management and Behaviour Change his inspirational perspectives and fascinating narratives reveal a ferocious passion for education. &nb;...more
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Ed Dorrell
A graduate of Newcastle University, where he studied politics, Ed’s career in journalism started with freelance shifts on local papers in West London before he took his first staff job on the lesser known business-to-business paper Heating and Ventilating News in 2000.

In 2002, Ed join...more
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Jeremy Dudman Jones
Jeremy Dudman Jones is currently an Assistant Head at Greenford High school where he runs their large non-selective Post 16 centre. He has been teaching since 1989 spending most of that time working in London with a brief excursion to Zimbabwe with VSO. Jeremy teaches Geography and Government &...more
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Karen Edge
Karen Edge is a Reader in Educational Leadership at UCL IOE. She is an academic and advocate committed to asking new questions to shake up how policy and school leaders think about educational problems. Karen’s latest international research project has engaged 60+ generation X school leaders in ...more
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Aisling Fahey
Aisling Fahey is the Young Poet Laureate for London, a Slambassadors Youth Champion and London Teenage Poetry Senior Slam Winner.

She has performed to a wide range of audiences, from Glastonbury Festival to Tate Britain, Battersea Arts Centre and Royal Festival Hall. She was a member of ...more
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Simon Fanshawe
Simon Fanshawe, OBE D.Univ (Sussex),is an entrepreneur, non-exec director, broadcaster, writer and campaigner.

He is partner of astar-fanshawe, a ground-breaking equality, diversity and organizational transformation consultancy.

Simon works with both private- and public-sect...more
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Harry Fletcher-Wood
Harry is an Associate Director in the Research, Evaluation and Impact department at Teach First. Having taught in Japan and India, he trained with Teach First and spent six years in London schools. During this time, he taught history, organised university applications and was a head of department...more
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Dr Rosie Flewitt
Dr Rosie Flewitt is Senior Lecturer in UCL IOE Early Years and Primary Education Department, and a member of the London Knowledge Lab Centre ‘MODE’, which specializes in multimodal methodologies for researching digital data and environments (  Her research interest...more
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Claire Fox
Claire Fox is the director of the Institute of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She has a particular interest in education and social issues such as crime and mental health.  Claire convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas fes...more
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Helen Fraser
Helen Fraser is the Chief Executive of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST). The GDST is the leading network of independent girls' schools in the UK, with 24 schools and two academies in England and Wales.   Helen was educated at the Lycée in London and Collegiate Girls' School, a Leicester g...more
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Mike Gershon
Mike Gershon is a teacher, trainer and writer. He is the author of more than twenty books on education, including numerous bestsellers. Mike's electronic resources have been viewed and downloaded more than 2.7 million times by teachers in over 180 countries. He writes regularly for the TES, trai...more
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Karen Giles
Karen has taught and led in London schools for 26 years, the last 11 years as Headteacher at Barham Primary School in Wembley, taking it to “Good and improving”.
Karen oversees 840 children and over 120 staff, as well as London LDA for Future Leaders and Ofsted Inspector, supporting a nu...more
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Vic Goddard
Council-estate born and raised, Vic has worked his way up through the system from a PE teacher via Head of Department and a brief stint in Cairo, to being one of the most high profile, controversial, innovative and bluntly passionate heads we have met. And if you had seen Educating Essex on Channe...more
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Viv Grant
Viv Grant is the director of Integrity Coaching, the UK’s leading coaching company for school leaders.    Viv has been in the education profession for over twenty five years.  She is a former primary head teacher and seventeen years ago was one of the youngest heads in the coun...more
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Toby Greany
Toby Greany is Professor of Leadership and Innovation and Head of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, London.  Before joining the IOE Toby was Director of Research and Policy at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) for seven years.  Be...more
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Jess Green
Jess Green is a performance poet who travels around the country performing and delivering workshops.
After receiving a string of brilliant reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer she is now touring her music and poetry show, Burning Books which is set in an inner city secondary school su...more
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Mike Grenier
Mike is a House Master at Eton College, a Governor at Reed’s School in Cobham, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2012 he co-founded the Slow Education Movement in the United Kingdom which is a cross-sector educational thinktank that aims to throw a spanner into the works of any attempt...more
Sam Gyimah
Sam attended schools in both Ghana and the UK and went on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Somerville College, Oxford University, where he also served as President of the Oxford Union.

Sam spent 5 years working for Goldman Sachs and then went on to help build and develop...more
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Dr Nick Hammond
Dr Nick Hammond is an Educational and Child Psychologist, social theatre practitioner and film maker. He has worked in a diverse range of settings, throughout the UK, as an actor, facilitator, consultant, researcher and psychologist. He has acted a research supervisor to postgraduate education stu...more
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Sean Harford
Sean Harford is one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) and is Ofsted’s National Director for Schools.   Prior to joining Ofsted as HMI in 2003, he held teaching and senior management posts in maintained secondary schools. He has also been the associate adviser for science for a local auth...more
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Mieka Harris
Mieka joined the British Museum in September 2012 following three years as Head of Key Stage 3 mathematics in a secondary school in Cambridgeshire. Mieka is developing a financial education programme aligning objects in the Citi Money Gallery collection with elements of the mathematics, economics ...more
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Tony Hartney
Tony Hartney CBE has been headteacher at Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham since September 1999 having previously worked in London schools throughout his career.  

The school serves a community with high levels of economic disadvantage and the stigma of the riots. Families face ...more
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Jane Hendrie
Jane Hendrie (Manager of LEAN) has managed arts education projects including: ‘Speak Out’ a collaborative project that brought teachers, speech and language therapists and drama organisations together to tackle speech and language development needs in Lewisham children; arts education projec...more
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Vivian Hill
Vivian Hill is the Director of Professional Educational Psychology training at the UCL Institute of Education and practices in London schools.

She is chair elect of the British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychologists and leads the DECP Medicalisation of Ch...more
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Hillary Hinchliff
Hilary has been head teacher at St. Silas CE Primary School in Blackburn for 8 years.   St. Silas is a 2 form entry Primary School - almost all pupils are Asian Heritage with most having English as an additional language. They recently moved in to a RIBA multi award winning school building...more
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Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins
Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins is an Independent member of the House of Lords speaking mainly on disability and health issues. She is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of  Disability at St George’s University of London, and Honorary Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health, Durh...more
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Adem Holness
The Roundhouse is an iconic music and performance venue that also works with over 3,000 11-25 year-olds every year, offering them opportunities in music, media and the performing arts.   Adem sits on the Roundhouse board of trustees as one of two ‘young trustees’ and so is involved in ...more
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Dr Aminul Hoque
Dr Aminul Hoque is lecturer in the Educational Studies Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London, and visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University. His writing and work focuses on issues of multicultural Britain, identity, social justice, youth policy, religion and race relations...more
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Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt is Member of Parliament (Labour Party) for Stoke-on-Trent Central, and Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London.  In April 2013, he was appointed a Shadow Education Minister, with responsibilities for young people, careers and junior apprentice...more
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Chris Husbands
 Professor Chris Husbands is an educationist and university leader.   He is currently Director of the UCL Institute of Education. 

Chris began his professional career teaching in urban comprehensive schools, promoted rapidly into school leadership, before developing h...more
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Peter Hyman
Peter Hyman is head teacher and co-founder of School 21, a pioneering new 4 to 18 school that opened in Stratford, East London in 2012.
The school’s aim is to prepare children for the 21s century and it has a number of distinct design features:
A small, all-through school where ea...more
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Tina Isaacs
Tina Isaacs returned to higher education (Institute of Education, London) in November 2009. She is Programme Director for the MA in Educational Assessment, Principal Investigator of the Aligned Instructional Systems Project for the National Center on Education and the Economy and a Co-Director at th...more
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Hywel Jones
Hywel Jones graduated from the LSE with a BSc in International Relations. He then went to Cambridge where he did an MPhil in International Relations and went on to get a PGCE in History. He worked as a History teacher at the City of Ely Community College and then moved to St Mary’s Catholic Scho...more
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Wendy Jones
Wendy Jones is a writer and journalist, a former BBC education correspondent and Today programme reporter. She has also had roles as the BBC’s deputy secretary and as head of policy and public affairs for BBC Learning.   She left the BBC when a move to Salford beckoned and in 2012 helped...more
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Peter Kent
Peter Kent has been headteacher of Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby since 1999.   Peter worked part-time for the National College for several years and helped to write publications on personalising learning and reducing in-school variation.   He became ASCL President in September 20...more
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Kingsford Community College
The UCL IOE Confucius Institute is a national advice centre for the teaching of Chinese in schools. Our support includes curriculum planning, teaching materials, teacher training and research. We have an extensive network of secondary and primary Confucius Classrooms across England, schools which ...more
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Cecilia Knapp
The Roundhouse is an iconic music and performance venue that also works with over 3,000 11-25 year-olds every year, offering them opportunities in music, media and the performing arts.
Cecilia chairs RYAB �" Roundhouse’s Youth Advisory Board. Made up of members aged 16-25, RYAB exists to...more
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Emma Knights
Emma Knights is Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association (NGA), the leading charity for support for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010, she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust, a policy and information charity working on early education and childcare for s...more
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Jim Knight
Jim Knight is the Managing Director of Online Learning at TES Global Ltd, a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education.

As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.  He attende...more
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Simon Knight
Simon Knight is a Deputy Headteacher at Frank Wise School in Banbury, a school for children aged between 2-19 with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, described by OfSTED as being “Outstanding and inspirational”. Simon is also an Associate Director at the National Education ...more
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Alice Lacey
Alice Lacey, CEO & Co-Founder at now>press>play.   now>press>play is an immersive primary resource that brings the curriculum to life.    Before founding now>press>play, Alice worked as a theatre director and assistant director at the Old Vic...more
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Sandra Leaton-Gray
Sandra is a Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education. She originally trained as a professional soprano before performing for a short while and then moving into education. She has been a London classroom teacher, an academic researcher, and has taught on a range of education and social sci...more
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Xuenian Leng
For the past five years, he has taught English, French and Mandarin Chinese with students from 5 to 65 years old and with class sizes of 1 to 200 students. His strength in teaching is to inspire and motivate his students to learn independently, efficiently and continuously.

Xuenian is ...more
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Catherine Lieben
Catharine started performing after taking up piano again a few years ago.
In July 2014, she was awarded the ABRSM Diploma in Performance.
She will be playing the piano throughout the day.
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Ann Limb
Dr Ann Limb OBE DL is a business leader & social entrepreneur & Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.   Following a career in Further Education as a college principal, Ann became the senior civil servant responsible for the UK government’s flagship digital...more
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London Vegetable Orchestra
The London Vegetable Orchestra is the UK's only ensemble dedicated to bringing you "Home Grown"entertainment.

This group was founded over 3 years ago at the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show for Tyrrell's Crisps and has since been part of many other food festivals and garden shows....more
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Kathryn Lovewell
Kathryn is an award winning emotional resilience trainer and best-selling author of Every Teacher Matters Inspiring Well-Being through Mindfulness.  Her mission is to reduce stress in schools and promote wellbeing.  

Kathryn has taught inside and outside mainstream education for...more
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Mark McCourt
Mark McCourt is Chief Executive of La Salle Education, a company focussed on system wide improvement in mathematics education. A key figure in the education world, Mark has led many large-scale government initiatives both in the UK and overseas. 

Formerly a senior director at Triba...more
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Angela McFarlane
Professor Angela McFarlane, BSc(Bristol), PhD( Bristol), PGCE (Institute of Education); Chief Executive and Registrar, The College of Teachers.   Angela McFarlane started as a teacher and went on to design and direct a number of highly successful educational research and development project...more
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Dr Lee Elliot Major
Dr Lee Elliot Major is Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading foundation improving social mobility through education. He is also a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, and chairs its evaluation advisory board. Lee commissioned and co-authored the Sutton Trust-EE...more
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Richard Markham
Richard Markham was educated at King Edward VI School Southampton before attending Oxford University to read Modern History, followed by a PGCE.  He gained 4 Blues at Hockey and represented Wales in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.  He began his teaching career at Marlborough...more
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Tim Meek
Tim and wife Kerry, and daughters Amy (11) and Ella (9) are the Meek family - a normal everyday family… or so it seems! Inspired by others, they got their first taste of adventure a couple of years ago and haven’t looked back, completing 100 Family Adventures and making some radical life chang...more
Fiona Millar
Fiona Millar
Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist specialising in education and parenting issues.

She writes a column in Guardian Education and regularly takes part in television and radio debates about education policy. Fiona is co-founder of the Local Schools Network website and is a governor o...more
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Munira Mirza
Munira Mirza is the Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture.

She advises the Mayor on his priorities for culture and education and leads the delivery of key programmes, including £40m Education and Youth investment in London. ...more
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Steve Moffitt
Steve Moffitt is the CEO of A New Direction. In April 2012 AND was awarded funding by Arts Council England to become the lead Bridge for London.  a strategic role to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture.   Between 2008 - 11 A New Direction wa...more
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Tom Moggach
Tom Moggach runs an innovative ‘plot to plate’ project at Rhyl Primary School in Camden Town, where pupils sell crops via their ‘Growing Ideas’ micro business and tend a thriving garden in a car park.   Tom specialises in outdoor learning, food and horticulture. He also works as fr...more
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Heath Monk
Heath has been Chief Executive of The Future Leaders Trust since 2007 - during that time, the organisation has expanded from London to six regions across England, more than tripling its annual intake of participants and ensuring that more children have access to excellent leaders dedicated to clos...more
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Jojo Morrall
Jojo has been a part of Chickenshed for all of her 23 years.    She completed the Foundation Degree course in 2011 and since then has worked in the Education and Outreach department.  Jojo is a part of the mentor team particularly supporting the BTEC and Foundation Degree student...more
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Paul Morrall
Paul Morrall is Director of Education, Outreach and Training at Chickenshed.   Paul’s career began in primary education. He became involved with Chickenshed in a voluntary capacity nearly thirty five years ago, as a lyricist and a workshop leader for the burgeoning Children’s and Youth ...more
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Estelle Morris
Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multi racial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992 she entered Parliament and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. She followed this with 2 years as a Minister at the Department of ...more
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Margaret Mulholland
Margaret Mulholland is Director or Development and Research at Swiss Cottage Development and Research Centre, a Special School for children aged between 2-19, rated five times consecutively outstanding by OfSTED. Margaret leads the Teaching School Alliance at Swiss Cottage, a specialist partner of...more
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Elizabeth Murton
Elizabeth Murton (Early Years Coordinator, Membership Development Officer at LEAN and artist) has organised early years arts training sessions on attachment and speech and language.

After studying at Goldsmiths, Murton founded and now facilitates Engine ChatChat artist critique which run...more
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Jay Naidoo
 Jay Naidoo is Head of Languages at Alexandra Park School, North London.
Being a non-native Mandarin speaker, the thought of setting up a long-term Mandarin project at school was indeed daunting.  However, it was extremely exciting for the Languages Department to venture into uncha...more
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Suguna Nair
Suguna Nair is an MPhil/PhD student at UCLU IOE and is the current IOESU President.   She is a trained Indian classical dancer and has learnt the dance form- Bharatnatyam, for over 14 years.   Bharatnatyam consists of "Bhavam"- expression, "ragam" - music, "thalam"- rhythm and natya...more
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Arifa Nasim
After reading Daughters of Shame, aged 14, Arifa joined the fight against FGM, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence. With a group of friends in year 11 she initiated a campaign at my school, raising funds and awareness.

She is currently balancing studying for my A Levels and givin...more
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Richard Newton-Chance
Richard Newton Chance was Principal of Queen Elizabeth’s in Crediton, Devon, a large 11-18 state boarding school, until August 2014. Since then he has taken up the role of Funding Specialist with the Association of School and College Leaders.

He trained as an English teacher, but becam...more
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Vanessa Ogden
Vanessa Ogden is Head teacher of Mulberry School for Girls and she is leading the establishment of a University Technical College in Tower Hamlets. Under her leadership, Mulberry has been judged ‘Outstanding’ in two successive Ofsted inspections. Vanessa is designated a  ‘National Leade...more
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Victoria Oladele
Victoria Oladele has a DipHe in Social Work from the University of Southampton, an Open Degree (Specialising in Youth Work) from the Open University and is currently completing her MA in Children, Youth and International Development at Brunel University. Despite only being 24 years old she ha...more
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Bukola Osofisan
I have been studying Mandarin since 2008, almost seven years now. When my school gave me the opportunity to study this language I was excited and intrigued because it's not an easy language to learn, a very foreign language.    For me, learning Mandarin is like riding on a roller coas...more
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Our Lady’s Convent High School
The UCL IOE Confucius Institute is a national advice centre for the teaching of Chinese in schools. Our support includes curriculum planning, teaching materials, teacher training and research. We have an extensive network of secondary and primary Confucius Classrooms across England, schools w...more
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Vijita Patel
Vijita is Associate Principal at Swiss Cottage School Development & Research Centre (2-19 Special School for complex needs).   Vijita’s interests in child development and the neuroscience of learning influence her passion for inclusive provisions with meaningful pedagogy. Alongside h...more
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Dame Alison Peacock
Alison Peacock DBE, DLitt MEd BA, is Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School, a primary school in Hertfordshire.   She led the school out of special measures less than a year after her appointment as headteacher (Jan 2003) and it was subsequently judged by Ofsted to be outstanding (200...more
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Gary Phillips
Gary Phillips is headteacher of Lilian Baylis Technology School - a mixed inner city secondary school based in North Lambeth.      ...more
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Susan Piers-Mantell
Susan Piers-Mantell is Chief Executive of the organisation Learn to lead.  Her deep concern for human rights and a belief that no-one should feel ‘done to’ stems from her childhood in Zambia, growing up alongside her parents’ involvement in the anti-apartheid movement. As a teacher and tr...more
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Prof G David Price
G David PRICE is Vice-Provost (Research) at UCL and Professor of Mineral Physics.
He was chair the REF2014 sub-Panel for Earth & Environmental Sciences; and is Chair of Governors of the UCL Academy School; a Council Member of the STFC; and a non-executive Director the North Middlesex Uni...more
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Rose Prince
Rose prince is a food writer and author of 4 cookery books. She is a columnist in the Telegraph Magazine, the Tablet and a regular contributor to the Daily Mail. In 2010 she set up a bakery in her home as a means to teach her children artisan skills and enterprise. It became the subject of her 6th...more
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Purple Waves
Purple Waves is a fresh and recently formed acoustic duo act based in London. They sing anything from pop, rock and soul to jazz and musical theatre. With their powerful and soulful voices they try to entertain and captivate their listeners and offer them a unique experience!

Their speci...more
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Oliver Quinlan
Oliver is an educator and writer with experience from early years to higher education. He has worked as a school teacher, a lecturer in education, and now manages digital education projects for innovation foundation Nesta. He blogs on education at

His first book, ‘The T...more
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Paul Richards
Paul is the Creative and Educational Director of arts collective BrazenBunch, whose mantra is 'All Are Equal. None The Same', and the equality campaign, UpRise.

Contributions range from Long Live Southbank to Unity - A Concert for Stephen Lawrence. Collaborations range from Amnesty Inter...more
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Tim Riches
Tim Riches is CEO of DigitalMe, the UK leader in Open Badge development and Chair of the Open Badges Globalization Group for The Badge Alliance.

DigitalMe is a non-profit organisation focused on developing digital badges as a new skills currency, especially through the Badge the UK proje...more
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Lynn Roberts
Lynn Roberts is a lecturer in Education in the Department of Early Years and Primary Education at UCL IOE, she coordinates the Professional Practice Module of the Primary PGCE and leads on the Computing and New Media elements of the programme.   Lynn's research interests include the role o...more
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Liz Robinson
Liz has been the head at Surrey Square since January 2006. Following an outstanding Ofsted in November 2009, she was asked to lead the amalgamation with the linked Infant School, and is now the head of the Primary school.   Liz was a part of the 'Fast-Track' accelerated leadership programm...more
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Martin Robinson
Martin Robinson is the author of Trivium 21c, a book that looks at the roots of the liberal arts to see whether they are relevant for today’s educational needs.

Previously Martin spent 20 years working in London in state schools - as a teacher, head of department, AST, and senior leade...more
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Catharine Roche
Catherine Roche has been Chief Executive at Place2Be since January 2014. She was Chief Operating Officer from 2003, instrumental in delivering organisational growth, before becoming Deputy CEO in 2013.   Originally a secondary and adult education teacher, Catherine first became involved wit...more
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Fergal Roche
Fergal Roche is the chief executive of The Key, a company that provides trusted leadership and management support to over a third of the schools in England and Wales.

Fergal joined Ten Group in 2007 to set up The Key and realise his vision of a service that would enable school leaders to...more
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Sue Roffey
An alumnus of the Institute of Education, Sue Roffey has been a teacher, educational psychologist and academic.  She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney (adjunct), founder of Wellbeing Australia and director of Growing Great Schools.

She lives betwee...more
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Jakki Rogers
Jakki Rogers is a Headteacher at a one form entry in Brixton and have been teaching in primary schools for 16 years.   She has a background in Outdoor Pursuits and in a previous life was an instructor and centre manager in four outdoor pursuits centres in Wales and Ireland.  Coming fr...more
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Steven Rose
Professor Steven Rose joined Imperial College as the Head of Plasma Physics in December 2006. From 2011 to 2014 he was the Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial. Professor Rose has worked in plasma physics research for all his career, with a particular emphasis on plasmas produce...more
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David Rycroft
David Rycroft is a co-founder of Mind with Heart. He holds workshops for educators and young people in mindfulness and compassion. He specialises in curriculum design and trains teachers and mindfulness instructors internationally.   David has fifteen years' experience as an educator, inclu...more
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Nii Sackey
Nii Sackey is the Chief Executive of Bigga Fish, which he founded in 1999 when he was just 21 years old.   Bigga Fish is a not-for-profit social enterprise and an educator in events and marketing management for creative 14 to 21 year olds. Bigga Fish has delivered over 48 large scale even...more
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Pasi Sahlberg
Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, teacher and scholar. He worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator and policy advisor in Finland with broad international experience. He has served World Bank, European Commission and OECD advising governments on equity and excellence in education in more than 50 co...more
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Clare Sandling
Clare Sandling is a writer, mum and early years policymaker, and sometimes an interesting mixture of all three. She works three days per week in a jobshare as Early Years Policy Lead for the Department of Health. Clare has a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Leeds and an M...more
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Vania Schittenhelm
Vania Schittenhelm is a piano lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. She has just accepted an invitation to teach at Leighton Park School. Vania wants her students to experience making music with conviction and creativity. She works on developing an efficient approach to performing while nurturing...more
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Edward Schneider
Ed is Director of Development at Wellington College, where he founded and ran the Prince Albert Foundation for life changing bursaries, and serves as a trustee of the Eastside Young Leaders Academy.   After University in NY, and a brief stint in publishing, Edward taught for 10 years in Ind...more
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Lauren Seager-Smith
Lauren Seager-Smith is National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a leading coalition of organisations that tackle all forms of bullying between children and young people.   Lauren has worked for many years with vulnerable children and young people, including providing educa...more
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Yoav Segal
Yoav Segal is an award-winning film and theatre-maker with a passion for social action projects that affect real change and stories that challenge people to think. His grandfather was instrumental in organising the ‘Battle of Cable Street’ against Oswald Mosley’s black-shirt fascists, and th...more
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Jon Severs
Jon Severs is the commissioning editor at TES. He has been a journalist for 10 years and has worked across numerous sectors, including the print and publications industry as features editor for PrintWeek magazine. He joined TES in 2013 and is responsible for all features and professional content, ...more
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Dr Tony Sewell
Dr Tony Sewell is CEO of the charity Generating Genius, which works towards getting unrepresented groups  to do STEM  at our top Universities.   Formerly an academic at the University Of Leeds, he has published widely on issues to do with underachievement in schools and talent de...more
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Michael Shaw
Michael is programme director for online learning at TES, working with Lord Knight on creating the new TES Courses.

A journalist by background, he was previously deputy editor of TES, and led development of the TES magazine and TES Jobs apps. He was one of the authors of Openness and Edu...more
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Barry Sheerman
Barry Sheerman is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield, having first been elected in 1979.  

He was formerly Chairman of the Education and Skills Select Committee from 2001 - 2007, and then the Children, Schools and Families Committee from 2007 - 2010.
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Tom Sherrington
Tom Sherrington is Headteacher and a teacher at Highbury Grove School in Islington, having worked in schools for over 25 years. 
He is a member of the Headteachers’ Roundtable think tank and has a strong following for his blog where he regularly writes on contemporary ideas in tea...more
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Sarah Simons
Sarah Simons is a lecturer in a further education college in the East Midlands, a columnist and broadcaster for the TES, as well as founder of UKFEchat.    UKFEchat is a growing community of positive, proactive education enthusiasts who all aspire to be brilliant at their jobs. Through...more
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Ben Slade
Ben Slade is the newly appointed CEO of SkillForce, a charity that transforms young people’s lives in schools by drawing on the skills and values of ex-Forces personnel.

Ben is a highly experienced school leader with a strong track record of school improvement in some of the UK’s mos...more
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Nicolette Smallshaw
Nicolette Smallshaw is Head of Education at First News.   She was previously a Primary Strategy ICT consultant in Waltham Forest, and has a particular interest in using technology to enhance learning in English and maths.   ...more
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Cath Smith
Cath Smith is Head teacher of Bow School in Tower Hamlets. 

Bow was graded ‘good’ in 2013 and has very recently moved into new premises, built as a part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme. Bow is undergoing significant transformation - it has begun its scheduled gr...more
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Jenny Smith
Jenny is Headteacher of Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, North-East London. Frederick Bremer is a diverse community school of 900 pupils. The school was recently featured in Channel 4’s ‘Educating the East End’, and one of the reasons the school agreed to participate was to promote co...more
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Dame Rachel de Souza
Dame Rachel de Souza, who has a growing reputation for her work in transforming education, is Chief Executive of the Inspiration Trust, a family of 10 schools across East Anglia.

She previously transformed two failing schools with each school - one in Luton, one in Norwich - rated "out...more
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Gary Spruce
Gary Spruce is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Open University.

His primary responsibility is as subject leader for the university’s flexible, secondary PGCE music course. From 2007-2012 he was co-editor of the British Journal of Music Education. He has written widely on music educ...more
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Julian Stanley
 Julian Stanley is Group CEO of the national charity group Teacher Support Network which supports individual teachers and their families and includes Recourse (for further and higher education staff) and the commercial trading company Worklife Support Ltd (for organisations). The charity is t...more
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Rob Stanley & Janine Symonds
Rob and Janine are very enthusiastic about encouraging students to continue to study both mathematics and biology by explaining how mathematical models can be used to explore biological questions.

They are both currently research students using models to attempt to understand how the cel...more
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Dr Kevin Stannard
Dr Kevin Stannard - GDST Director of Innovation & Learning. The GDST is the leading network of independent girls' schools in the UK, with 24 schools and two academies in England and Wales.   Kevin has taught at a number of independent schools including Eton College, where he was in cha...more
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Step into Dance
Step into Dance, a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Royal Academy of Dance, is the UK’s largest fully inclusive secondary school dance programme providing extra-curricular classes and performance opportunities to 200 mainstream and SEN schools across London and Essex. &n;...more
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Gordon Stobart
Gordon Stobart is Emeritus Professor of Education, Institute of Education, University College London.

He is a former teacher, educational psychologist and government researcher. His current research interest is in how experts learn and how expertise develops - and the implications for cl...more
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Greg Stobbs
Greg Stobbs aka Squirl-art is an Illustrator, designer and Street artist.

A long time ago when studying to be a teacher he was sent in to a primary school on a work placement, where a class watched him draw at break time. A six year old stopped him, and said “You aren’t a teacher.....more
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Robin Stratton
Robin is a freelance artist/musician working within many different boundaries, with many different instruments; from dip pens to pianos. Many have said he must choose between visuals or sound if he wishes to succeed, however he was determined to prove those wrong and fulfill both sides of his bow ...more
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Judith Suissa
Judith Suissa is Reader in Philosophy of Education at the UCL Institute of Education. Her interests are in political and moral philosophy, with a particular focus on questions to do with the control of education, social justice, libertarian and anarchist theory, the role of the state, political ed...more
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Louise Thomas
Louise leads the Innovation Unit’s education portfolio in the UK, including programmes radically redesigning secondary schools, and developing partnerships with the most innovative school providers from all over the world to bring their models to the UK. This includes REAL Projects and High Tech...more
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Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London. He has been Director of the University of London Centre for Educational Neuroscience since 2010.

The CEN is a tri-institutional research centre that aims to further translational research between...more
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Sheldon Thomas
Sheldon Thomas is the Founder of Gangsline and a Gangs Consultant, Sheldon has an unprecedented insight into gangs through his own experience as a gang leader in the 1970s.

Gangsline is a charity which delivers to over 700 children, gang’s prevention workshops in schools, youth clubs...more
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Amy Thompson
Amy Thompson is Adviser to the UK Federation of Chinese Schools. 

She is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and a Trustee of Speak to the Future - campaign for languages (sponsored by the British Academy) and was Chair of NALDIC (the national subject ass...more
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Sami Timimi
Sami Timimi is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Education in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire, and a Visiting Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lincoln, UK. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on top...more
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Bernard Trafford
Dr Bernard Trafford has been Headmaster of the Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School since September 2008.  He was previously head of Wolverhampton Grammar School (1990-2008) and was Chairman of HMC (the association of leading UK and international independent schools in 2007...more
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Pascale Vassie
Pascale Vassie (MSc in Development Management) is Executive director, NRCSE.   She has worked in community development and empowerment for the last twenty years, specialising in work with refugee, faith and migrant communities and has delivered seminars and courses on a wide range of topics...more
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Chris Webster
Chris is a current PGCE student at UCL Institute of Education, having lived and worked in China for over five years.

Chris spent his first two years in China teaching English as a Foreign Language, where he was able to use his experience and expertise to tailor engaging and inspiring l...more
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Rob Webster
Rob Webster is a researcher at the UCL Institute of Education, where he also leads the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants programme.   Rob worked on the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff project and its follow-up study, the ...more
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Li Wei
Li Wei is Chair of Applied Linguistics at the UCL Institute of Education.   Prior to this, he was Pro-Vice Master at Birkbeck College, University of London until December 2014.   His research interests are in the broad areas of bilingualism and multilingualism including multilingual...more
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David Weston
David Weston MEng (Oxon) ALCM PGCE is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development. He is a primary school governor and a former maths, physics and ICT teacher with nine years of experience.

David ...more
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John White
John White is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, where he has worked since 1965 after teaching in secondary schools and colleges in Britain and France. His interests are in the mind of the learner, and in educational aims and curricula.   Recen...more
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Tessa Willy
Tessa has been working in ITE at UCL IOE since 2012 and previous to that led the PGCE Primary programme at the University of Roehampton.   She has taught in primary and secondary schools for 20 years in the UK and abroad.   ...more
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Amanda Wilson
Amanda Wilson is the Editor of Letters to a Young Generation and the founder of 9:10 Publishing Ltd.

She currently works as a Deputy Headteacher of a primary school in south east London and has spent all of her teaching career working in inner city schools. ...more
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Prof David Woods
David Woods (CBE) was the lead Education Adviser for London Schools and the London Challenge and then the Chief Advisor until April 2011, as well as being the Principal National Challenge Adviser for England. He was previously Head of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) Advisory Service...more
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Dominic Wyse
Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London.

The main focus of his research is curriculum and pedagogy. Key areas of work are the teaching of English, language, literacy, and creativity. Dominic has led or b...more
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Michael Young
Michael Young is a Professor of Education at the UCL Institute of Education. He was formerly a chemistry teacher and Head of Science at a London secondary (technical)  school. His main research interests are knowledge and the school curriculum, the knowledge and expertise of professions (incl...more
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Toby Young
Toby Young is the co-founder of the West London Free School, England's first free school to sign a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education. His books include How to Set Up a Free School (2012) and What Every Parent Needs to Know (2014). He is a Fulbright Commissioner and a...more