Who are the speakers of our IOE Debates series?
- What if… education policy was shaped by a commitment to social justice?
5 December 2019
Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, IOELouise is co-chair (with Professor Jessica Ringrose) of the IOE’s Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity (CSEE). Her research focuses on educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class. She has directed numerous research studies, and is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of the 10-year, ESRC-funded ASPIRES/ ASPIRES2 study (tracking young people’s science and career aspirations, age 10-19) and the UK PI of the four-year Wellcome Trust/US National Science Foundation-funded Youth Equity + STEM project.
Dan Morrow, CEO, Woodland Academy TrustDan has a proven track record in school improvement and strategic leadership and systems leadership are his passion. His own leadership journey has seen him lead at a senior level in an all through, a secondary and, prior to his appointment to the Trust, a primary school. His main learning has been that leadership vision, values and behaviours are more crucial than context in securing rapid and sustained progress. By ensuring high expectations, underpinned by accountability structures built on credibility and integrity, Dan has led schools to be outstanding in every category and turned schools from special measures to good in all categories within 12 months. Leading on accountability means ensuring clear goals and targets are set, monitored and underperformance is quickly challenged and addressed, through support and quality assurance.
Iesha Small, Speaker and Head of Strategy, Youth Hostels Association (England & Wales)Iesha has particular interests in creating a fairer society and mental health. She spent three years of influencing practice and policy at the Centre for Education and Youth. Previously she was an assistant headteacher and maths teacher. Iesha writes about education and society for The Guardian and has been a columnist for Schools Week. She has also been seconded to the DfE and has served as a school governor. Iesha has spoken in an expert capacity for organisations including Chartered College of Teaching, The Church of England and Channel 5 news. She has contributed to books covering education, mental health, and gender. She is also the author of The Unexpected Leader.
Dr Jason Arday, Assistant Professor in Sociology, Durham UniversityJason is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela University in the Centre for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust - the UK’s leading race equality think-tank. Jason sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and is a School Governor at Shaftesbury Park Primary School in London. He was formerly an Elected Steering Committee Member of Comprehensive Future. Jason’s research focuses on Race, Education and Social Justice. His publications include Considering Racialized Contexts in Education: Using Reflective Practice and Peer-Mentoring to support Black and Ethnic Minority educators (Routledge), Being Young, Black and Male: Challenging the dominant discourse (Palgrave) and Exploring Cool Britannia and Multi-Ethnic Britain: Uncorking the Champagne Supernova (Routledge). Jason was also a co-editor of The Runnymede School Report: Race Education and Inequality in Contemporary Britain.
Chair: Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment FoundationProfessor Becky Francis joined the EEF from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), where she was Director of the IOE. Her previous roles include Director of Education at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and Professor of Education and Social Justice at King's College London.
Becky has combined academic research and policy work in education throughout her career. She regularly serves as a consultant to the UK government and international agencies on education policy matters, and previously served as Standing Advisor to the UK Parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising government policy on education. She is a frequent media commentator on education issues.
- What if… the world really did revolve around teenagers?
29 January 2020
Iroise Dumontheil, Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, BirkbeckDr Iroise Dumontheil is a member of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience (UCL and Birkbeck) and the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (Birkbeck). Her research focuses on the typical development of social cognition and cognitive control during adolescence and their functioning in adulthood. Her studies combine a variety of methods to study brain and cognitive development including functional and structural neuroimaging, behavioural assessments, and genetics, as well as academic performance measures. She is interested in the impact of cognitive training, from computerised games to mindfulness meditation practice, on adolescent cognition, as well as the potential implications of these various research strands for education. In 2015 she received the Spearman Medal, an early-career British Psychological Society award, and in 2017 the Elizabeth Warrington Prize from the British Neuropsychological Society.
Mark Lehain, Director, Parents and Teachers for ExcellenceMark Lehain trained as maths teacher in 2002 after a brief period working in the City, and then taught at a state school in Bedford. Having been Head of Department, and then Assistant Head at Wootton Upper School, in 2010 he left to lead the campaign to open Bedford Free School (BFS), one of the country’s first free schools. BFS opened in 2012, and he was Principal there until summer 2017. Mark is currently the Director of Parents and Teachers for Excellence, a group campaigning for higher standards in schools. When not advocating for educational reform, he can be found drinking copious quantities of coffee, running and pretending that he knows how to manage his four young daughters.
Mike Shooter, PsychiatristMike has worked with the children, young people and families of Cardiff and the Valleys of South Wales for over 30 years. He was the first child psychiatrist to be elected as President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has been President, Chair or Trustee of many national organisations. He is an Honorary Fellow of six Royal Colleges. He has advised governments around the world on the provision of services and has spoken extensively on children's issues in the media and from the public platform. He has written and co-edited many articles, books and chapters. His latest book, Growing Pains, is a distillation of his work. Mike has a recurrent depressive illness of his own, and the Growing Pains of the book are his own pains as well as those of his clients! He still lives in the heart of his clinical patch, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and a host of animals.
Bettina Hohnen, Clinical PsychologistBettina is passionate about supporting the well-being of young people by strengthening relationships. She is a trained Clinical Psychologist and has worked individually with families for many years. Her combined clinical and academic background means she can translate complex research in the area of mental health and neuroscience to inform parents and teachers. She regularly gives talks and runs workshops with the aim of aligning parents and teachers with the developmental needs of young people. Bettina has recently published a book with two colleagues called The Incredible Teenage Brain: Everything You Need to Know to Unlock a Teen’s Potential, which is a book for adults supporting teenagers. It takes the cutting edge brain research and considers what it means in a day to day context for parents, teachers and professionals supporting young people.Chair: Professor Sue Rogers, Interim Director of the UCL Institute of Education
Sue is an early childhood development and primary education specialist with research interests in pedagogy and curriculum, the role of play in early learning, professional learning in the early childhood workforce, and approaches to evidence-informed practice. Her recent publications include ‘A Guide to Early Years and Primary Teaching’ (2016, edited with Dominic Wyse), ‘Adult Roles in the Early Years’ (2012, with Janet Rose), and ‘Rethinking Play and Pedagogy: Concepts, Contexts and Cultures’ (2011).
- What if… we wanted more effective school improvement?
18 March 2020
Leora Cruddas, CEO, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)Leora Cruddas is the CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts – the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England. She has advised successive governments and sits on several Department for Education advisory bodies. She is Vice-Chair of the Head Teacher Standards Review Group. Prior to establishing CST, Leora was Director of Policy and Public Relations for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Just before leaving ASCL, she established the Commission for Ethical Leadership, on which she served as a commissioner. She now sits on the Ethics Committee. She believes education is for the common good. Leora also has six years’ experience as a Director of Education in two London Local Authorities, and extensive experience at senior executive level of working with schools and trusts to improve the effectiveness and quality of education.
Tim Brighouse, EducatorTim Brighouse retired from the post of London Commissioner for Schools in 2007 after five years of leading the London Challenge. Before that he spent 10 years as Chief Education Officer in Birmingham and 10 years as CEO in Oxfordshire, separated by four years as Professor of Education at Keele University. Earlier he worked in a number of authorities and schools. Since 2007 he has continued speaking and writing, mainly about school improvement.
Lucy Heller, Chief Executive, ArkLucy joined Ark in 2004 from TSL Education, a subsidiary of News International, where she was joint Managing Director. Her previous roles include General Manager of The Observer and Executive Chairman at Verso, a trade and academic publisher. She has worked for many years with a number of charitable and voluntary organisations including the Marshall Commission, Community Links and the Bush Theatre.
Jennese Alozie, Director of Effectiveness and Performance, STEP Academy TrustBefore joining STEP Academy Trust, Jennese was a Deputy Headteacher within secondary schools and as a Standards and Excellence Commissioner for a local authority, working with secondary and primary school clusters. She is also a practising Ofsted Inspector, leading on secondary and primary inspections. Her passion for education, past and current experiences, means that she can bring a different perspective to every dynamic.
Chair: Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor and Head of Content at the TesEd has been on the Tes for more than ten years, starting as a news editor. HE has contributed to national newspapers, books, television and radio. His career started on local papers and trade titles. He tweets as @ed_dorrell
- What if… we wanted a better deal for pupils at risk of exclusion?
1 April 2020
Martin Mills, Professor and Director of Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching, UCL Institute of Education
Martin researches in the area of social justice, pedagogies, teachers’ work, teacher education, alternative education and gender. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, and has held Visiting Professorships at Kings College London, Roehampton and Queen’s Belfast. He is a former President of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Martin was also Head of the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia, where he holds an Honorary Professorship. He recently stepped down as an editor of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education and was appointed as an editor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and practice.
Kiran Gill, Founder and CEO, The Difference
Kiran Gill started her career teaching in inner-city secondary schools, specialising in teacher training and improving literacy teaching across the curriculum. Since leaving the classroom, she has worked in policy design and delivery at the Social Mobility Commission, consultancies Education Development Trust and Isos Partnership, and the charities Teach First and Save the Children. Her published research focuses on poverty, social mobility and the evolution of the school led system in England. In 2017, Kiran undertook a comprehensive review of exclusion in England, speaking with practitioners, parents, pupils, academics, policymakers and third sector experts (Making The Difference: Breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion, Institute for Public Policy Research). Since 2018, Kiran has been founding CEO of the charity The Difference, which is implementing the recommendations of this research. The Difference exists to improve the life chances of vulnerable learners by raising the status and expertise of those who educate them and influencing a more ethical, inclusive school system.
Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL)Geoff studied English and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. From 2002 to 2017 he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, and a comprehensive school of 1650 students. He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the Department for Education, on leadership and literacy. Geoff was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, former chair of its Pedagogy Committee, is Patron of the English and Media Centre, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He became General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017.
Stuart Lock, Chief Executive, Advantage SchoolsStuart has 21 years of experience teaching, 15 of which have been in leadership in schools. He has previously been Principal of Bedford Free School and Headteacher of a school in Cambridgeshire. Prior to that his experience was in four London schools. Stuart is also a qualified maths teacher. Stuart regularly presents at national conferences, particularly on the philosophy of education and on educational research. He has advised the Department for Education on a few groups, including the group that developed the Early Career Framework for recently qualified teachers, the group that wrote the Headteacher Standards in 2019, and the group that looked at the role of National Leaders of Education in 2019.
Chair: Sue Rogers, Interim Director, UCL Institute of EducationSue is an early childhood development and primary education specialist with research interests in pedagogy and curriculum, the role of play in early learning, professional learning in the early childhood workforce, and approaches to evidence-informed practice. Her recent publications include ‘A Guide to Early Years and Primary Teaching’ (2016, edited with Dominic Wyse), ‘Adult Roles in the Early Years’ (2012, with Janet Rose), and ‘Rethinking Play and Pedagogy: Concepts, Contexts and Cultures’ (2011).