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Isla Johns

MSc European Public Policy, 2009–2010

Isla Johns

Isla Johns, MSc European Public Policy, 2009–2010.

Upon leaving SPP in 2010, I went to Brussels for the traineeship at the European Commission, where I worked in Schools Policy and Partnerships. My main projects, including assisting the launch of new international working groups and conducting programme reviews with national representatives, gave me an insight into many of the educational issues and opportunities that exist outside of a given national curriculum.

When my traineeship ended, I returned to London to start work with Future Leaders, an education charity, which aims to tackle educational disadvantage by developing outstanding leadership for challenging schools. My role is in the research and design of new programmes and strategies, with the aim of expanding the ways that the organisation promotes its mission and making us more sustainable.

The lessons I learnt at SPP equipped me to go through what has been a steep learning curve over the last 15 months and they will not be forgotten moving forward. In the future I hope to develop expertise in education policy and gain further experience of initiatives at international level.

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