The Fair Education Alliance has now published its second annual state of the nation report which looks at where things currently stand across the five Fair Education Impact Goals: where we’ve made progress since the last report, where things have gone well, and where there needs to be improvement. The report also investigates where there are pockets of best practice that should be scaled up, and where there are policy changes that need to happen.
The launch event for the 2015 report featured a keynote speech from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted. There was also a brief response from a panel including:
Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All
Professor Sonia Blandford is Founder and CEO of Achievement for All and one of the UK's leading practitioners of education. Sonia is passionate about raising the aspirations and improving the attainment of all children and young people regardless of their background or need. She was named this year in Debrett's list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK.
Sonia is currently Professor of Education and Social Enterprise at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, and Honorary Professor of Education, University of Warwick. She has published over 150 articles, columns and books on educational leadership, special educational needs, teaching and learning, professional development and music education. Sonia is an advisor to the UK government, European Commission and several international governments.
She has two Masters (music and education), and was among the first to complete the UK inaugural Doctor of Education (EdD) programme at the University of Bristol. She went on to become Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Education at Canterbury Christchurch University.
Russell Hobby, NAHT General Secretary
Russell Hobby is general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers. NAHT is the largest union for school leaders in the UK, representing over 28,500 members in every phase of education. Before taking up this post in 2010, Russell worked as a management consultant and in the software industry. Russell is also a trustee of the Brilliant Club, Teaching Leaders and the Teacher Development Trust. He is a member of the advisory board of Future Leaders, the management board for NAHT Edge and the Independent State School Partnership forum.
Will Kennard of music duo Chase and Status and Fair Education Ambassador.
Will is a co-Founder of ELAM and one half of successful music production duo Chase & Status whose album “No more idols” was the highest selling band album in the UK in 2011. Prior to his success in the industry, Will taught Music Technology at North Trafford College in Manchester for two years.
Ella Cox, Student and debater with Debate Mate
Ella is a Year 12 student currently studying at the Latymer School in Edmonton and previously attended Bridge Academy in Hackney.
Recently elected Member of Youth Parliament for Hackney and continues to be a Member of Hackney Youth Parliament. Ella was part of the Debate Mate Programme in year 7 and was a member of the team from Bridge Academy that won their nationwide competition in 2013.
Other debating achievements include winning UCL President's Cup - a competition for university students - in year 10, being a finalist at Cambridge Women's, SOAS, UCL and Imperial schools debate competitions and being shortlisted for the England Debate Team. She aspires to study English Literature and Philosophy at university
A final conclusion was given by Nick Wright, Managing Director, Global / EMEA Community Affairs, UBS
Nick joined UBS (then Swiss Bank Corporation, now incorporated into UBS) as a Fixed Income Derivatives Trader in 1989, having previously worked for Chemical Bank for three years joining them from University and graduating through their internal MBA programme.
In 1999, he assumed his role as regional Head of Community Affairs. UBS operates a vigorous and long-standing programme of Community Affairs focusing in particular on the areas of Education and Entrepreneurship. Nick has overseen the development of this multi-award winning programme both regionally and now globally. It is notable for sustainable, long-term partnerships with voluntary sector organisations and significant and sustained Employee Volunteering.
Nick has variously sat on UK Government bodies and taskforces; UBS’s Corporate Responsibility advisory committee; he has been Vice Chair of Governors at the UBS sponsored Bridge Academy, Hackney, a member of the Early Action Taskforce and continues to sit on a number of external bodies and boards.