The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Social pillars: Education

Andria Zafirakou: Matt Writtle

Andria Zafirakou

Winner of the Global Teacher Prize

Full of boundless energy, Andria is determined to use her new platform to improve arts education in schools. She has launched Artists in Residence, a scheme to bring artists into schools to act as mentors, and continues to work as a teacher in Brent. Despite being in demand as an international speaker and education expert, she wants to spend as much time as possible in the classroom teaching art and inspiring pupils.

Amanda Spielman

Ofsted Chief Inspector

Has the power to determine the future of schools by branding them “failing” or “outstanding”.

Sara Williams

Chair of Pan London Admissions Board

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She has the unenviable task of ensuring all London children get a school place by the start of each school year.

Cheryl Giovannoni

Chief executive of Girls’ Day School Trust

Left a high-flying job in marketing to run the private girls’ school organisation, determined to defend single-sex education.

Peter Lampl

Chair of Sutton Trust

Made his money in private equity, now dedicated to closing the education gap between rich and poor children.

Alan Smithers

Head of the Centre for Education and Employment Research, University of Buckingham.

A walking encyclopedia of facts about education, his analysis of trends and exam results is invaluable.

Mike Sheridan

Ofsted’s London director

A former headmaster, he has spoken out about extremism in schools and knife crime.

Daniel Moynihan

Chief executive, Harris Federation

Ultimately in charge of 37 academies across the capital in challenging areas, which were previously struggling or failing.

Nathalie Richards

Founder of Edukit

Has developed online tools to help schools find learning support, particularly for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.