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Peter Hyman

Co-Director of Big Education and co-founder and first headteacher of School 21.

Peter Hyman
Peter Hyman is co-Director of Big Education - a new organisation with a mission to change the way we do education in this country. The aim of the organisation is to develop schools, programmes, and movements that develop the whole child - head, heart, and hand.

He is the co-founder and the first headteacher of School 21, a pioneering 4 to 18 years school that opened in Stratford, East London in 2012. The school has a growing reputation for developing oracy (speaking) skills having set up Voice 21, a charity working with more than 400 schools across the country. It has also developed sophisticated programmes for real world learning and wellbeing.

For nine years to 2003, Peter worked as a strategist and speechwriter to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. He left to become a teaching assistant in a challenging Islington school, before training as a history teacher and working his way up to become a headteacher. He is author of 1 out of 10, from Downing Street Vision to Classroom Reality.