Hi, I’m Laura McInerney, education journalist, public speaker, and co-founder of Teacher Tapp.

I’m a schools expert on the pulse of what teachers think, want and need.

Brave, bold, yet sensible.

As a former teacher and editor of Schools Week, I have spent over 12 years on the frontline of education policy and interviewed over 60 top education names — from Dylan Wiliam to Carol Dweck to Amanda Spielman.

In 2017, I co-founded Teacher Tapp, the daily survey of more than 10,000 teachers. Each day it reveals new insights into teachers’ lives and their needs, wants and desires.

My experience with schools, politicians, the media, and academic researchers has given me the expertise to deliver keynote speeches, host events, chair panels, and write on topics across the schools sector.

I have keynoted at events such as The Education Festival, the Headteachers Roundtable Summit and the BETT show.

Having become a female founder of a tech company and unexpectedly becoming the editor of a newspaper after just 13 weeks in journalism, I’ve learned how to deal with situations where you are out of your league, which is one of my keynote topics. (Find the others here).

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A Cumulatively Effective Way of Dealing With Worries

At the age of seven, I waved a medical encyclopedia in front of my parents and announced that I had "free-floating anxiety". The book was one of only a few we had in the house, and it had an entire … Read More

Glass of milk being splashed (a metaphor for school improvement)

What’s milk got to do with school improvement?

Imagine your boss comes along and asks you: 'How can we improve your working life?' What do you say? If my experience of asking lots of questions to teachers over the years is anything to go by, most people will freeze … Read More

How a 1930s pub inspired education research🍺

Everyone was battered in the old days, right? In our modern millennium, the trend is different. Non-alcoholic gins are the next big Babycham. Whereas, back in the 1930s, the average pub-goer would put away between fifteen and twenty pints per week. Yet, … Read More

“Fascinating and perceptive.”
“Moxie, at its purest.”
“An inspiring speaker.”

Laura is an experienced event host, chair, panelist and keynote.

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