About The Headteachers’ Roundtable

The original core members of The Headteachers’ Roundtable met through Twitter. The think-tank originally consisted of secondary and special school Headteachers and formed in response to frustration regarding Government educational policy and the Opposition response to it.  The group has now extended to include primary school colleagues.  Its origins and subsequent growth are down to the power of social media as a tool for connecting people to try and bring about change where they feel it is needed. 

The five principles guiding of our work are:

1. The pace of educational change should not be affected by party politics;

2. Schools must be able to offer all their students the chance to thrive and flourish;

3. Educational change should begin by identifying the desired outcomes for children;

4. Prioritising high quality teaching & learning and the curriculum will lead to world class assessment and accountability;

5. The teaching profession should be centrally involved in developing future education policy.

Headteachers Round Table Core Group:


Binks Neate-Evans – Headteacher, West Earlham Infant and Nursery School, Norwich

Caroline Barlow – Headteacher, Heathfield Community College, East Sussex

Chris McShane – Founding Member, Headteacher Focus Learning Trust Wilton Campus

Dave Whitaker – Executive Principal, Springwell (‘Special’) Community School and Barnsley PRU

Duncan Spalding – Headteacher, Aylsham High School, Norfolk

Helen Keenan – Headteacher, Brownhills School, Walsall

Helena Marsh – Principal, Linton Village College & Executive Principal, Chilford Hundred Education Trust

Jarlath O’Brien – Headteacher, Carwarden House Community School, Surrey

John Tomsett – Headteacher, Huntington School, York

Katie McGuire – Principal, Oasis Academy Nunsthorp

Jon Chaloner – CEO of GLF Schools

Keziah Featherstone – Headteacher, Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol

Liam Collins – Headteacher, Uplands Community College, Wadhurst, East Sussex

Rob Campbell – Headteacher, Impington Village College and Executive Principal, Impington Education Trust, Cambridge

Rona MacKenzie – Principal, Lincoln UTC

Ros McMullen – Founding Member, MD of RMCeducation Specialising in Leadership Development

Sally Hamson – Headteacher, Wollaston Community Primary School, Nothamptonshire

Stephen Tierney –  CEO of BEBCMAT (Christ the King, St. Cuthbert’s & St. Mary’s Catholic Academies)

Tom Sherrington – Headteacher, Highbury Grove School, Islington, London

Vic Goddard – Principal, Passmores Academy, Harlow