Speakers

Rt.Hon David Laws

Rt.Hon David Laws

Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute and former Schools Minister

David joined the EPI as Executive Chairman in September 2015.
Between 2010 and 2015, David served in the Coalition Government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister, and Cabinet Office Minister. Whilst Schools Minister he was responsible for policy areas including all capital and revenue funding, the Pupil Premium, accountability and policy on teachers and leadership.
David was Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 2001 until 2015.
David graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a double first class honours degree in economics and worked at J.P. Morgan and Barclays de Zoete Wedd."

Sir Kevan Collins

Sir Kevan Collins

Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Kevan took up post as the first Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The EEF is a grant-making education charity dedicated to challenging educational disadvantage, sharing evidence and finding out what works in education.
Kevan has gained international experience working in Mozambique, supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA and advising Goodstart, Australia’s largest early learning provider. Kevan is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education University of London; he was knighted for services to education in 2015.

Ann Mroz

Ann Mroz

Editor, TES

Ann Mroz became editor of Tes in September 2013 and holds both this title and that of Digital Publishing Director within the company. She was previously editor of Times Higher Education, where she relaunched the THE World University Rankings in 2010.

Ann is on the education advisory group of the Sutton Trust, the advisory board of the Education Endowment Foundation and the advisory board of the Education Policy Institute. She is also a member of the Princeton University Press European advisory board. She is a judge for the Global Teacher Prize, a trustee of the charity Shine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Among her recreational activities listed in Who’s Who, Ann cites “riding hobby horses, swimming against the tide, sailing too close to the wind”.

Dr Rebecca Allen

Dr Rebecca Allen

Director of Education Datalab

Rebecca Allen is Director of Education Datalab and an expert in the analysis of large scale administrative and survey datasets, including the National Pupil Database and School Workforce Census. Her research explores the impact of government reforms on school behaviour, with a particular focus on accountability and teacher labour markets.

Philippa Cordingley

Philippa Cordingley

Chief Executive, CUREE

Philippa Cordingley, Chief Executive of CUREE is a renowned expert in evaluation, research use and effective Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL). Philippa leads the CUREE research team. Recent projects include explorations of the characteristics of exceptional and Gaining Momentum schools for Teach First. She also leads CUREE’s signature research service for evaluating the learning environment for teachers and learners in schools, SKEIN.

She is a member of the recent DfE Expert CPD Group and, also, a member of OECD’s Expert Group for Country reviews of teacher preparation and formation. She is Chair of Governors at RSA Tipton

John Hardy

John Hardy

John became the headteacher of St. John Vianney Primary School in Hartlepool in January 2004.


John is chair of trustees of SCHOOLS NorthEast, a regional network that encourages collaboration and mutual support between North East schools. On the National Teaching School Council he represents the North Region, and also Chairs, North East Teaching Schools.


Furthermore, he was involved in the working group tasked with developing national standards for school-based ITT mentors, following the Carter Review and the expert group recommending reform of the National Professional Qualifications.


He is currently involved with a team developing the Apprenticeship into Teaching Standards, with another group advising on continuing quality improvement of teaching schools and he is working with the Teaching School Council Commission into early career CPD.