Laura 3Contact: Email lauramcinerney1@gmail.com or tweet @miss_mcinerney

I taught in East London for six years. I am now Editor of education newspaper Schools Week and a regular columnist for The Guardian.

My main specialism is in looking carefully at government policies, clearing away the politico-bullcrap and rhetoric, and explaining exactly how they will impact teachers, pupils, parents and the wider school community.

Because of that I have written for other publications including the New Statesman, The TES, and Propspect, and appeared on a variety of broadcasts including Radio 4’s Today, Radio 5 Live, BBC London and LBC’s breakfast show.

I have a nerdy interest in free schools & academies. In 2010 I published “The Six Predictable Failures of Free Schools…And How To Avoid Them” and spent two years in the US studying them and their American counterpart.

I am also particularly interested in the influence of politics on education. Throughout Summer 2013 I began reading all available biographies of past UK’s Education Secretaries which I blogged at  www.greatedusecs.com. Pun intended.

I was the original creator of the #edselctte hashtag and live-tweeted almost every education selection committee between 2012 and 2014, something which Schools Week now continues each week. The education select committee is now the most popular of all parliamentary committees. It is more followed, more discussed and more tweeted about than any other. There is no evidence this has anything to do with me, but I’m going to try and claim the credit anyway.

If you want to know about my personal background and own schooling, I’ve written about it here: https://lauramcinerney.com/schooling-biography/

If you want to get in touch quickly for broadcast purposes, the best way to get hold of me is via mobile: 07764 752 843

My Main Philosophical/Political Position:1618630_10100739052554919_1238626450_n

While I am accused of being many things, mostly I am a pragmatist.  My favourite questions (and the basis of many of my blogs are) are: What problem are you trying to solve? Is this really the best way to solve it?, and Why aren’t we doing this already?

3 replies

  1. Have you looked to see if anyone from SABRES took any trips before the contract was let? If so, who paid for them? #sweden

  2. Hi. I was trying to DM you on Twitter (I’m @MikeCraven5). Just wanted to ask a question. Am considering applying for the role of team leader in an RSC office. (advertised on TES). Wondered what you knew about how the commissioners are actually going to work day to day or anything like that? Odd query I know.


  3. Hi. The “independence” trend of Charter/Academies/Free Schools hasn’t seemed to make headway in my country yet (Australia). I’ve recently read Andrew Adonis’s book, which was slanted for obvious reasons. Which non-biased books on this sort of education policy in the UK, Europe and the US would you recommend for starters. Thanks.

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