Maria is a former London primary school teacher and participant of the Teach First leadership development programme, with a degree in Modern Languages from Durham University. She joined TDT in the Summer of 2016, having also worked as Communications Officer for Latin American Foundation for the Future (LAFF) in Cusco, Peru. Maria writes for educational publications including SecEd and Headteacher Update and is currently acting as secretariat for the Department for Education’s CPD Expert Group.
Before joining TDT, Rachel supported Watford Grammar School for Boys as their chief Exams and Admissions Officer, liaising with the local authority, exam boards, teachers, and parents, and coordinating cross-phase and mid-year admissions. She sat on the Education and Health & Safety Committees as staff governor during this time. Alongside her work with TDT, Rachel is Partner and Company Secretary for Ace Garden Services Ltd. and has 7 years’ previous conference organisation experience within the leisure and events industry. Joining the team in 2019, Rachel is motivated by TDT’s mission of supporting and empowering robust professional development school-wide. Contact Rachel for all queries on internal events management, bookings, legal information, billing, and accounts.
A former maths and economics teacher and a participant of the Teach First leadership development programme, Bethan has taught in London and São Paulo, Brazil. An Economics and German Graduate (University of Leeds), Bethan joined the Trust in 2018 and supports schools through the Trust’s CPD Excellence Hubs programme.
Ian has worked in various educational charities including the Institute of Physics, Yes Futures and The Challenge. He has previously taught English in Hong Kong for two years and holds a degree in Psychology. Ian supports TDT schools with their membership and is enthusiastic about expanding the TDT Network.
A former Centre Director for Explore Learning and EAL teacher, Michelle has over 6 years’ experience in supporting both UK and overseas education. Specialising as a trainer in customer experience, she joined the team in 2019 eager to continue delivering on the needs of the Teacher Development Trust’s network and expanding the reach of our charitable mission by connecting the people at its core. Michelle.Barker@TDTrust.org
Phil is an assistant head teacher with responsibility for eLearning at Cramlington Learning Village. The school has had a fantastic ICT journey which began well over a decade ago and has led to an international reputation for effective and innovative use of technology for learning. He has been appointed as the lead teacher for the UK in a EU-led Creative Classrooms project and is a Google Certified teacher.
Phil Naylor is in his second Assistant Headship at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool. Phil has taught Science for 17 years ,is a former Lancashire Advanced Skills Teacher, an ITT and NQT professional mentor and a Primary School Governor. Phil is also Assistant Director of the Blackpool Research School and currently studying for an MSc Science.
John is Director of Teaching and Learning for Britannia Teaching School Alliance in Stoke-on-Trent. He has over twenty years experience of teaching and leading in the Primary sector and has a proven track record for supporting schools in difficult circumstances. John also leads on Professional Development for the St. Bart’s Multi-Academy trust working across a large group of schools in Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Alex Beauchamp is the Assistant Head, Lead Practitioner and Year 3 team leader at Hunter’s Bar Junior School in Sheffield. He has taught for twelve years across KS2 and is responsible for leading professional development in the school, improving children’s outcomes through Incremental Coaching, Teaching and Learning Communities and Lesson Study.
Lord Andrew Adonis, served 12 years in government as a Minister and special adviser. He was Secretary of State for Transport, Minister for Schools, Head of the No.10 Policy Unit, and senior No. 10 adviser on education, public services and constitutional reform. After the last general election he became Director of the Institute for Government (2010-12). In government he pioneered key public service reforms including the Academy programme, which established over 200 independent state schools to replace failing secondary schools, the radical university tuition fees and grants reform of 2004, and the plan to develop a high-speed rail line from London to northern England and Scotland. Before entering politics, Andrew was a journalist and academic focusing on public policy and constitutional analysis. He was Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times, and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, where he gained a PhD in modern political history. Andrew is also author of seven books including “Education, Education, Education” (September 2012) on educational reform. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005 and currently sits on the frontbench as Shadow Infrastructure Minister.
- Professor Rob Coe, Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).
- Philippa Cordingley, Chief Executive, Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE).
- Professor Pete Dudley, Associate Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Camden and Professor of Education, University of Leicester. Honorary Secretary of the World Association of Lesson Studies. Formerly Director of the National Primary Strategy.
- Liz Francis, Deputy Director, Performance Unit, Department for Education. Formerly director of workforce strategy, standards and qualifications at TDA.
- Laura McInerney, Editor of Schools Week. Fulbright Scholar, journalist, author, former teacher and consultant at LKMco.
- Dr. Jonathan Sharples, Manager of Partnerships at the Institute of Effective Education, currently seconded to the Education Endowment Foundation.
- Jo Palmer-Tweed, Advisor to The National College for Teaching and Leadership and is Strategic Lead for the expert subject advisory groups for the new primary curriculum.
- Professor Daniel Muijs, Professor of Education at the University of Southampton and is acknowledged expert in the fields of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness and quantitative research methods.
- Chair: Dame Sue John, Executive Director, Challenge Partners; Chair, Brilliant Club; former headteacher of Lampton School, former secondary director of London Leadership Strategy; former director of the Department for Education, Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders.
- Vice Chair: Anna Pedroza, Director of Pedroza Communications, a communications agency that specialises in the education sector. Former Director of Marketing at Teachers TV. Co-founder of CommsED, UCL EDUCATE mentor, Accredited member of the CIPR and RSA fellow.
- Andrea Carr, Chair, Sumdog; Vice-chair, Langley Park Learning Trust; Founder, Rising Stars Education.
- Sam Freedman, Chief Executive, Ark Education Partnerships; former Executive Director of Programmes at TeachFirst, former Policy Advisor to Michael Gove at the Department for Education.
- Veena Naidoo, Head Teacher at Cleveland Road Primary School. As of 1st January 2016, Cleveland Junior School amalgamated with Cleveland Infant School to form the new larger than average sized, primary school that serves the community of South Ilford, an area of considerable socio-economic disadvantage.
- Martin Post, Part-time Director of Strategy at Aspirations and a member of the STRB. Former Regional Schools Commissioner for South-Central England and North-West London, Headmaster of Watford Grammar School for Boys and National Leader of Education.