The Headteachers’ Roundtable originated from a roundtable meeting on 12 October 2012 at The Guardian newspaper offices. It grew out of frustration regarding current government educational policy and the Opposition response to it. Its origins and subsequent growth are down to the power of Twitter as a tool for connecting people to try and bring about change where they feel it is needed.
We are a non-party political headteachers’ group operating as a think-tank, exploring policy issues from a range of perspectives. Our goal is to provide a vehicle for people working in the profession to influence national education policymakers so that education policy is centred upon what is best for the learning of all children.
In February 2014, we expanded our Core Group to include 12 Headteachers.
Composition of the Core Headteachers’ Group January 2015
- Chris McShane – Headteacher, Quilley School of Engineering, Eastleigh
- Dave Whitaker – Executive Principal, Springwell (‘Special’) Community School and Barnsley PRU
- Duncan Spalding – Headteacher, Aylsham High School, Norfolk
- John Tomsett – Headteacher, Huntington School, York
- Jon Chaloner – Headteacher, Glyn School, Epsom and Executive Headteacher/CEO of GLF Schools
- Liam Collins – Headteacher, Uplands Community College, Wadhurst, East Sussex
- Rob Campbell – Headteacher, Impington Village College, Cambridge
- Ros McMullen – Principal, David Young Community Academy, Leeds and CEO Leaf Academy Trust
- Ruth Whymark – Headteacher, Cranmer Primary School, Merton
- Tom Sherrington – Headteacher, Highbury Grove School, Islington, London
- Vic Goddard – Principal, Passmores Academy, Harlow
- Stephen Tierney – Executive Director of Christ the King, St. Cuthbert’s & St. Mary’s Catholic Academies.
In May 2014 we published a 10-point manifesto, outlining proposals for considersation in the run-up to the 2015 election.
We are keen to recruit new members of the core group, particularly Heads who would add to the diversity to the group. Please contact us if you are interested in joining and would be prepared to attend our events, write occasional papers and contribute ideas: