Authors List

Authors

  • Aad van der Drift

    After 37 years working as a geography and computer science teacher in Dutch education, Aad is now the secretary for the Professional Association for Computer Science and Digital Literacy i&i. He manages the association's website and PR and is directly involved in educational developments.
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  • Aaron Bradbury

    Aaron is a principal lecturer fo early years and childhood (learning and development, psychology, special educational needs and inclusion) at Nottingham Trent University. Aaron is the chair of the LGBTQ+ Early Years Working Group and advocates for representation in the early years.
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  • Adele Bates

    Adele is a Behaviour and Education Expert with over 20 years of teaching experience, who empowers school staff to support pupils with behavioural needs and SEMH. She’s an International Keynote Speaker, a featured Expert on ‘Teenagers and Behaviour’ for BBC Radio 4, and the Author of ‘“Miss, I don’t Give A Sh*t”: Engaging with Challenging Behaviour in Schools.’
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  • Al Kingsley

    Al is CEO of NetSupport, chair of a multiacademy trust, chair of his local governors’ leadership group, Regional SEND Board chair and member of the Regional Schools Director's Board. Well-known in EdTech, Al speaks regularly at international education events and has authored three books.
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  • Alison Eason

    As head of Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) since 2005, Alison, with a master's degree in education, is an associate member of the British Dyslexia Association and a qualified SENCO. Passionate about supporting students with SEN, she collaborates with educators, families, and children to enhance understanding and provide effective support.
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  • Allen Tsui

    Allen is the subject lead for computer science at Willow Brook Primary School Academy in East London. He teaches Year 4 to Year 6 and Reception classes across two primaries within the trust, as well Year 1 classes at his ‘base school.’ He has also worked at one of the trust's secondary schools teaching A-Level computer science.
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  • Andrew Jennings

    Andrew is the founder of Vocabulary Ninja, which he created while working as a Year 6 teacher and finding his pupils were struggling with vocabulary. He is the author of ‘Vocabulary Ninja,’ ‘Comprehension Ninja,’ and ‘Write Like a Ninja,’ with more books in the works! He works one day a week in the school where he was an assistant headteacher.
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  • Anna Macpherson

    Anna is a senior early years officer working in a local authority nursery in Edinburgh. She is part of a great senior leadership team supporting her setting which has a large pupil capacity and a large staff team
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  • Annabel Jeffcoate

    Annabel is a work-life balance coach helping teachers reduce anxiety, confidently set boundaries, and switch off to feel calmer, healthier, happier and more present. She is passionate about her ‘discover life out of work challenge’ and wants to help prevent teachers suffering from burnout.
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  • Anoara Mughal

    Anoara is an educational consultant and CPD provider with 15 years+ experience in teaching and leadership. She is the author of 'Think!: Metacognition-Powered Primary Teaching', the regional leader of WomenEd London and part of the HealthyToolkit Steering Group. Anoara is also a writer for @HeadteacherNews.
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  • Ben Whitaker

    Ben is an educational consultant working with a number of clients on both digital and cultural transformation. Prior to this, Ben has worked for 15 years in education as an assistant principal and curriculum manager.
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  • Caroline Allams

    Caroline is Natterhub’s Co-founder and experienced educator, having taught in both UK and leading international schools. Passionate about immersive learning that creates impact for students, Caroline leads the product development, creative and pedagogy for the Natterhub brand. As founder of the award-winning brand The Pedagogs, Caroline, also a parent, initiated and designed the concept for Natterhub in a bid to prepare children to thrive in a blended digital world.
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  • Caroline Atkins

    Caroline is a Secondary Science Teacher who works with STEM outreach organisations to develop public engagement resources and events. She is currently researching Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) and Education as part of the MRes/EdD at the University of Brighton
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  • Caroline Keep

    Caroline is a teacher, Maker educator and data scientist. She publishes on STEM, data science and STEAM learning to promote creative and hands-on learning through physical computing, digital fabrication and coding.
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  • Caroline Sawyer

    Caroline is a mum of three children and the Publisher of her son's book, ‘Colour blindness and me.’ She is enthusiastic about helping to raise awareness in schools of the needs of those who are colour blind and to help her son's voice be heard. She volunteers in a local primary school and is a trained Forest School Practitioner.
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  • Cat Allott

    Cat is a segment assistant for Twinkl's Teaching Assistant segment. After working as a teaching assistant for a time, she completed her teacher training and taught in KS2. With a background in speech and language therapy and working in a variety of educational settings, she is keen to raise the profile of teaching assistants.
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  • Clare Erasmus

    Clare is a digital technology department head undergoing an apprenticeship in 'Whole School Digital Strategic Leadership'. Together with students and Gaia technologies, she created a bespoke mental health and wellbeing app which won the ‘Bett 2019 Impact award.’ She is also a WomenEd network lead and author.
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  • Conal Holmes

    Conal has 25 years’ experience in primary education. He has taught every year group from Year 1 to Year 6 and was a headteacher for 11 years. He is the founder of Primary Quiz, an online resource to support pupils and teachers with embedding retrieval strategies.
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  • Confidence Osein

    Confidence is a Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety Tech Educator, passionate about digital safety and wellbeing. Founder ‘Internet Safe Kids Africa’, a non-profit empowering digitally-connected youths. She’s acknowledged as a 'DigCit Global Impactor' by Digital Citizenship Institute USA and contributed to the XRSI-Child Safety Initiative's ‘Guardians and Shield Framework’.
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  • Craig McKee

    Craig is a former headteacher and now runs three websites to support school leaders with compliance and to reduce their workload: SLT AI (https://sltai.co.uk), School Policy Tracker (https://schoolpolicytracker.co.uk) and School Website Audits (https://schoolwebsiteaudits.co.uk).
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  • Damien Challenger

    Damien is the co-founder of Nexus Education, a free platform that has provided nearly £200k in funding to schools since 2018 and saved SLT over 18,000 hours. As well as Nexus, he is also a vice chair of governors and a local town councillor.
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  • Darrell Wakelam

    Darrell is an art practitioner, teacher and trainer based in Dorset. He has been working with children and young people for 30 years+ providing art workshops nationwide in schools, museums, theatres and at events. Darrell uses mainly cardboard and paper-based materials to create 3D models, masks and sculptures, from 'one-piece' making projects through to life-sized animals and people.
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  • Dr Leila Khouja Walker

    Leila is an SEL expert and senior lecturer in education and childhood. As the co-founder of Persona Education, she is on a mission to boost students' personal development and wellbeing. She has a wide experience of R&D in technology for social benefit, and in teaching and educational research.
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  • Dr Poppy Gibson

    Poppy is a senior lecturer whose key interests involve children’s psychological development and mental health and wellbeing. She moved into higher education after over a decade working in London primary schools. Poppy holds a Doctorate in Education from Oxford Brookes University, and her doctoral thesis was awarded the ‘Most Downloaded’ from EThOS databases in Autumn 2020.
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  • Ellise Hayward

    Ellise is a motivational speaker and AAC mentor who speaks to schools, colleges and universities about her experiences of living with cerebral palsy. She is keen to spread awareness and encourage inclusive behaviours for people with SEND. She is also currently studying health and social care at college.
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  • Emma Darcy

    Emma is director of technology for learning at ‘Edufuturists Secondary School of the Year’ and former EdTech Demonstrator School, Denbigh High School and the Chiltern Learning Trust. In 2021, she won the ‘Gold National Teaching Award’ for Digital Innovator of the Year and in 2023, a Global EdTech Award.
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  • Erika Sandström

    Erika is a digital learning coach and a 6-8 digital media teacher specializing in green screen and video production. She is a leader of her district’s social emotional learning team. Dubbed “Green Screen Gal,” Erika shares her passions speaking at conferences, through professional development, and online webinars and courses. Erika has also created and presented ‘Mindfulness Professional Development’ globally.
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  • Fabian Darku

    Fabian is a teacher, teacher-trainer and teaching and learning leader. He has worked in secondary and FE establishments since 2008. He has Master’s Degrees in teaching and learning and sport and culture. With 5 years’ experience in retail management prior to teaching, Fabian has the proven adaptability and desire to make a positive impact to teaching practice through reflective methods.
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  • Farrah Khalifa

    Farrah is a head of computer science and Year 7 form tutor. She is a BCS scholar, OCR moderator and NCCE subject accelerator. Farrah is also a freelance web developer and all-round tech and pedagogical enthusiast! Formerly, Farrah was a personal development coordinator.
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  • Gemma Drinkall

    Gemma is an educational wellbeing coach and trainer who also hosts the ‘Teachers with Boundaries Podcast’. Her ambition is to transform middle leaders’ lives to benefit themselves, their students and team. With 8 years’ experience in education including middle leadership, Gemma understands the challenges that middle leaders face.
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  • Gunjan Tomar

    Gunjan is an activities and service as action coordinator, CAS coordination and emotional learning faciliatator at DPS International. She is a workshop leader, international speaker and develops CBSE resources. She is passionate about social-emotional learning and making classrooms inclusive.
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  • Halil Tamgumus

    Halil is a motivated headteacher of a two-form inner city primary school in Leicester. Everything the school does is enveloped by its vision of ‘Belong, Care, Persevere, Succeed.’ It is a place where every school family member is treated with love and respect.
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  • Hannah Harris

    Hannah is the lead writer and editor at TA Digest reporting the latest edu-news and updates for TAs, LSAs and HLTAs. She is passionate about professionalising the TA role and is a champion of the role within the education community. Hannah has 12 years of classroom experience, 8 as a teacher. She taught in England, America and Belgium.
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  • Hari Neocleous

    Hari is a primary maths SEN teacher who has over twenty years of experience teaching in London schools. Hari is also a primary school chess teacher, ‘Curious Maths’ teacher and LogiqBoard teacher. She is the maths column writer for Cherubs Family Magazine.
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  • Helen Clare

    Helen helps schools and teachers deal with perimenopause and menopause so that they can focus on the learners they care about. She wants to see all teachers in the classroom working to the best of their ability without a cost to their own wellbeing.
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  • Henry Saunston

    Henry is the director of Teach East SCITT, developing new teachers for Peterborough Schools. His specialism is Secondary English, and he has worked as a teacher for nearly 15 years. He is a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and of CollectivED, and has contributed many articles to publications such as Impact and TES.
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  • Jane Green MBE

    Jane is a former assistant headteacher, autism lead, LA advisory teacher and now the founder and chair of SEDSConnective, a charity for neurodiversity and symptomatic hypermobility. She is a non-executive director and co-author of the peer-reviewed paper ‘Co-Occurring Physical Health Challenges in Neurodivergent Children and Young People’.
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  • Jenny Swift

    Jenny has worked in education for over 20 years in international school leadership. She introduced coaching to two schools she worked in and is now coaching leaders in education worldwide. Jenny is EMCC accredited and is studying an MSc in applied psychology and coaching psychology.
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  • Jérôme Nogues

    Jérôme has taught for over 22 years in London and in Shropshire. He has been head of MFL for over 15 years. He is now head of digital technology and innovation in a small school near Telford. Jérôme is also the creator of Poésíæ, the global MFL poem recitation competition.
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  • Jess Gosling

    Jess is an Early Childhood Educator and Author, with a passion for international teaching. She has taught in the UK, Egypt, Vietnam, and Taiwan. She aims to provide insight into the world of international teaching, in the hope to inspire other teachers to have the confidence to change their lives.
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  • Jez Belas

    With over 15 years' experience in education, Jez is the co-founder of youHQ, the school wellbeing and personal development platform. Passionate about wellbeing through acceptance and commitment therapy and exercise, he is committed to the belief that better education comes from happy children and teachers.
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  • Jo Chadwick

    With a background in brand marketing, strategy and copywriting, Jo leads the creative development and strategy for The Happy Confident Company. She is passionate about developing best-in-class programmes and products that support parents and teachers to help all children thrive.
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  • Jon Ford

    Jon is a wellbeing and performance expert, trained psychotherapist, and the CEO of youHQ - a school wellbeing platform dedicated to student support and pastoral care.
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  • Jonathan Coy

    Jonathan is an experienced headteacher, trustee, deputy CEO of an academy trust, governor and school leader. He now works as a consultant for companies, helping them to get the best out of their products in what is a difficult education environment for companies to reach out to.
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  • Jonathan Newport

    Jonathan Newport is the global director of Team Teach and My Family Coach. He is a behaviour specialist with over 30 years of experience, who has worked in a range of educational settings across primary and secondary in both the mainstream and independent sectors. Jonathan is also a highly respected speaker and trainer.
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  • Julia Hancock

    Julia is a coach, supervisor and consultant specialising in values-led and resilient leadership. She is a visiting fellow who delivers on NPQ specialist leadership routes. Julia is a lead mentor, subject tutor and academic marker in ITE and she is working with the Chartered College of Teaching on ‘Rethinking Curriculum’ with a particular focus on community. 
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  • Juliet Park

    Juliet is Director MFL for a Yorkshire-based MAT, Languages Teacher and National MFL Consultant. She is a successful Author of languages resources and regularly delivers training for awarding bodies and trainee teachers.
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  • Karl C. Pupé

    Karl C. Pupé FRSA is a qualified classroom teacher with over decade's experience in the education sector. He is also the author of the award-winning book 'The Action Hero Teacher: Classroom Management Made Simple' and founder of the Action Hero Teacher.
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  • Kate McCallam

    Kate is assistant head at the British Section of the Lycée International in Paris. She is also a published writer and a proud trustee of Arvon, the UK’s leading creative writing charity. Kate also provides writing training and workshops.
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  • Kate Sturdy

    Kate is Year 5 and 6 departmental lead (six classes), the KS2 curriculum lead (12 classes) and a Year 6 teacher. She has given presentations to teachers for the Welsh Government, lectured at several universities and is currently working on personalised assessment with the Welsh Government. Kate also provides Adobe Creative Cloud training to educators globally.
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  • Katherine Cauchi

    Kat Cauchi is a WeAreTechWomen #TechWomen100 2023 award winner and a 2022 Nexus Education 'Classroom and Curriculum' improvement award winner. She is the community engagement manager at NetSupport, editor of R.I.S.E. Magazine, and the host of two podcasts. Kat is a member of the Global Equality Collective, a Global EdTech author, InnovateHer ambassador and Technocamps Girls in Stem role model.
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  • Keren Mitchell

    Keren Mitchell is a former Year 3 and year 4 teacher and the founder of SuperKind.org, the social action platform for schools.
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  • Libby Laycock

    Libby works for InnovateHer, an organisation that works to increase diversity within the tech sector by encouraging more girls and non-binary teens to pursue a tech career. The organisation helps to shape future society by building towards a more equal sector and giving further opportunities to young people.
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  • Liz Bury

    Liz is Group Editorial Manager at NetSupport by day and, by night, a musician and violin tutor for adult learners. A self-confessed word nerd, she is interested in psychology and what makes people tick, as well as being a champion of the contribution that music and the arts make to everyone’s wellbeing.
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  • Louise Pennington

    Louise is the professional development lead at Oxford University Press. With a background in primary teaching and special needs, Louise was a SENCO, member of SLT and later a specialist teacher for maths difficulties, leading the Local Authority SEND Team. Louise is an advocate for purposeful, subject-specific talk and the use of manipulatives in mathematics.
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  • Lucy Coy

    Lucy (NASENCO MCC) is an experienced school leader and has served as an acting headteacher, a deputy headteacher, an assistant headteacher, and an inclusion lead. Lucy is joint CEO of HeadteacherChat and she creates school leader planners. She is also a member of The Chartered College of Teaching.
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  • Maggie Layfield

    Maggie is a teacher turned techie who found her passion was using EdTech to enrich the classroom and create positive, engaging learning spaces. She serves as the VP of sales for NetSupport and enjoys training end users, developing educational content and working with educators.
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  • Mark Anderson

    Mark is a global speaker, EdTech expert, trainer, blogger, author and key note speaker, known as the ICT Evangelist. He has over 20 years of experience in the classroom. Mark is the head of education at NetSupport, an Independent Thinking associate, an MIE Expert and fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. His latest book can be found at edtechplaybook.com.
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  • Matt Dechaine

    Matt is a qualified Leadership and Executive Coach working with school and trust leaders as well as other organisations. He also the Chair of Governors at a local infant school. He trained as a Primary School Teacher and he has a background in education and charity senior leadership.
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  • Matt Tiplin

    Matt Tiplin is a former senior leader in a MAT School and an Ofsted inspector. He is also currently chair of governors of a community primary school and the VP of ONVU Learning.
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  • Mike Reardon

    Mike co-founded Nexus Education as a result of the challenges around budgeting and school collaboration he was experiencing as a chair of governors of a small rural primary school in Shropshire. Outside of Nexus, he has a passion for triathlon and is also an on-call firefighter.
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  • Neeru Mittal

    Neeru is a dedicated educator working in SRDAV Public School for the last 25 years as a PGT in computer science. Being passionate about providing quality education and reducing gender disparity, she provides ICT education in government schools of rural Uttarakhand, northern India.
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  • Nicola Harvey

    Nicola is a senior education and wellbeing consultant, published author and mental health lead in education. She has over 15 years' experience in mental health, digital wellbeing and education. Nicola facilitates training and supervision to support educators’ mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
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  • Nicole Ponsford

    Nic is passionate about creating a level playing field for everyone in education, but especially those from underserved groups. After 20 years working in education, Nic set up the Global Equality Collective (GEC) to address one of the biggest issues in education; - culture, diversity and inclusion.
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  • Nigel Scarfe

    Nigel is the founder and owner of Imagination Gaming. Nigel was a shy individual who had a tough upbringing and says that games provided the gateway to a different way of thinking – helping generate new friendship circles and renewed confidence in his own abilities. Realising the positive effect games had on him, he decided to establish Imagination Gaming.
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  • Oliver Wright

    Oliver is an experienced headteacher who helps those who lead at The Key. Before this he worked in primary schools in Sheffield and Derbyshire for over 20 years. His experience ranges from large city schools to small Peak District schools. He also presents for Teacher Hug Radio and is a co-chair of governors.
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  • Penny Whelan

    Penny Whelan is a primary assistant headteacher and SENCO in Bedfordshire. Penny works part-time and is also an EAL coordinator, a specialist leader of Education, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Coach. Penny is the operations manager for the Schools Linking Network in her Local Authority. She is passionate about SEND, inclusion, diversity and community cohesion.
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  • Pete Read

    Pete co-founded Persona Education in 2019 to bring the benefits of personality insights to young people, with a mission of boosting their wellbeing, employability and success. Before that, he built several consulting and software companies, one of which was rated best-in-class on diversity, gender equality and LGBTQ+ equality by Vault.com.
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  • Rachel Holt

    Rachel is a communication and interaction leader and a Makaton tutor working at Penny Field School, Leeds (part of the Wellspring Academy Trust). She writes multi-sensory stories and productions, and music and movement sessions for pupils with special educational needs.
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  • Renee Dawson

    Renee is an educational technology support specialist in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is passionate about differentiation and personalized learning. She is a self-guided learner and enjoys learning about new technology in her free time. She is a speaker, YouTuber, digital designer and content creator.
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  • Rhiannon Challenger

    Rhiannon is the editor and community engagement manager at Nexus Education. She grows and supports its online community and collates and shares blogs around education. Rhiannon also works as a supply teaching assistant, mostly in SEN and ASL settings.
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  • Sammy White

    Sammy White, learning evangelist at Glean, is a champion for innovation in education. Recognised in the 2023 Tech Women 100 and ranking number 3 in the Global Thought Leaders in Education 2024. Sammy believes technology is a powerful tool to personalise learning and ignite student potential.
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  • Sara Tilley

    Sara Tilley has worked in education for over 25 years, with the last 14 years as a primary maths specialist. An advanced skills teacher and NCETM professional development lead, Sara is the founder and owner of ‘Curious Maths.’ She delivers teacher training across three London boroughs, offers consultancy support for schools, and teaches over one hundred children a week!
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  • Sheetal Smith

    Sheetal is an experienced senior leader in the primary education sector. Having had a range of leadership roles and completing a number of middle leadership programmes in inner-London schools, she is now at the beginning of her NPQH journey. She has been responsible for many curriculum areas, including English, RSE and assessment and is currently leading Key Stage Two.
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  • Shuaib Khan

    Shuaib is a Twinkl Leader’s team content writer, a poet, and educator. He is the host of the Anti-Small Talk Podcast and a presenter for Teacher Hug Radio. He has published the anthology collection, ‘Small Circle, Big Heart’ to the commemorate the life and legacy of his late brother Kasim, who sadly passed after a short battle with leukaemia.
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  • Sophie Brown

    Sophie is a communications and marketing officer at Yes Futures; an award-winning charity which aims to empower young people to believe in themselves and discover their personal potential.
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  • Sophie Garner

    Sophie is a professional singer, a music and songwriting specialist, vocal coach and choir leader who has been in the music business for 30 years. She has been teaching with music for 17 years, working within schools and supporting adults with brain injuries and dementia. Sophie has written two books about songwriting.
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  • Stephanie De Young

    Stephanie is a teacher librarian in California. She has been a school librarian for over 15 years in private and public schools. She is 2022 EVERFI's Teacher Ambassador of the Year. Stephanie is enthusiastic about connecting with students and making the library a safe and welcoming place for all, as well as teaching students researching, digital citizenship and library skills.
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  • Susan Harvey

    Susan is a parent, as well as an Author and Art Teacher for a post- 16 pupil referral unit. She has worked in SEND education for over 20 years, from early years through to young adults. Following the release of her first children's book, she started a new business, Nurture Gnomes, and creates resources to develop children's social/emotional vocabulary and well-being.
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  • Tanya Gleadow

    Tanya is a computing education researcher, and a creative doctoral researcher at Loughborough University, researching the question, 'Is computing better placed throughout the entire school curriculum than as its own subject?'.
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  • Tilly Brooke

    Tilly is the COO of now>press>play and sits on the management comittee for KLASP. She is passionate about education, theatre and learning through play. She keeps playfulness in everything she does and believes that work and learning should always be an enjoyable experience
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  • Toria Bono

    Toria Bono is a teacher who has worked in a variety of educational roles over the past 20 years and is a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. Toria is also the founder and owner of ‘Tiny Voice Talks’ which includes a podcast, a book and a Twitter space for educators to find their voice and connect with others.
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  • Traci Good

    Traci is an online safety consultant, specialising in the education, safeguarding and policing sectors, with a particular interest in supporting vulnerable and SEND students online. She is currently running the i-vengers programme, which is a positive, peer-led, digital leaders programme, jointly funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council.
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  • Tricia Fuglestad

    Tricia Fuglestad, a K-5 art educator for 30 years, is currently exploring storytelling through writing, illustrating, and animating augmented reality children’s books and other educational content. The Fugleflicks eBook captures 15 years of movie-making, behind the scenes, trivia, with links and embedded media so that any student could join in on the (Fugle)fun.
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  • Vicki Tayler

    Vicki is the KS1 content writer for Twinkl Digest – providing insights, tools and support to respond to the latest changes in education. Before joining Twinkl, Vicki spent 10 years working in primary schools and early years settings. She was lucky enough to work in the capacity of both teacher and support staff, seeing all areas of school life.
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  • Vineeta Garg

    Vineeta is an IT head who is passionate about music. She has written and sung many songs on social issues, as well as jingles to help children overcome their anxiety of learning to code. Her outstanding contributions in the field of education have won her many national and international awards.
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  • Wendy White

    Wendy is the CEO of My Mood Stars and was previously a Childminder. She is married with three grown-up kids and has a love of Early Years teaching, and supporting children with SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) needs.
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