What is the Education Commission?
Knowsley’s Education Commission has been established to improve education in the borough and ensure that Knowsley children get the education they deserve. The Commission will support schools in building good practice and addressing the challenges that many wealthier areas of the country do not face.
What will it do?
Over the next 12 months, the Commission will oversee a process of change to speed up improvements in educational standards.
The Commission will draw on the knowledge and expertise of its members but is very keen to work with staff from local schools and those with an interest in education locally to develop a programme of work to help young people thrive, achieve well and leave Knowsley schools with confidence and a love of learning.
Who are the Commissioners?
Christine Gilbert CBE – Visiting professor at the UCL Institute of Education
Christine, a former teacher and secondary school headteacher, was Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted from 2006 to 2011. She has worked in two London boroughs as both Director of Education and Chief Executive. Currently, a Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education, Christine is also involved in a number of local and national education projects. She is the Executive Chair of the charity, Future First.
Sir Kevan Collins – Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation
Prior to becoming the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, Kevan was Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Kevan started off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.
Emma Knights – National Governors’ Association
Emma Knights is Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association – a charity for guidance, research, advice and training for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010, she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust.
Prof Mel Ainscow CBE – Co-Director Centre for Equity in Education, University of Manchester
Mel Ainscow is Professor of Education and co-director of the Centre for Equity in Education at the University of Manchester. Between 2007 and 2011, he was the Government’s Chief Adviser for the Greater Manchester Challenge, an initiative to improve educational outcomes for all young people in the region. Previously, he has been a headteacher, a local education authority inspector and a lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
Vicky Beer CBE – Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire & West Yorkshire
Vicky Beer is the Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West at the Department for Education. Previously, she was a member of the Head Teacher Board (HTB) for Lancashire and West Yorkshire and Executive Principal of the West Trafford Learning Partnership, part of the Dean Trust. She also founded and directed By Schools for Schools, a system-led school improvement body serving the Greater Manchester area.
Dr Lynne Rogers – Institute of Education, University College London
Lynne Rogers is Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her research focuses on disengagement from education.
Gerard Kelly – Gerard Kelly & Partners
Gerard Kelly is founder and senior partner of Gerard Kelly and Partners, a PR and marketing agency for UK schools, universities and business. Previously, he worked as an education journalist, before being the editor of Times Education Supplement and Times Higher Education.
Paul Boyce – Executive Director – Children
Paul Boyce joined Knowsley Council in October 2013 to oversee the transformation of children’s social care services. In June 2015 Paul became responsible for education and after setting up the Education Commission is now actively supporting its work on behalf of the council to improve Knowsley’s schools.