DR. ELIZABETH SIDWELL
CBE BSc (Hons), PGCE, FRSA, FRGS
@Liz_Sidwell | lizsidwell.com
I am an educational strategist and consultant whose current projects include ambassadorial and advisory work on the Academies programme for the Department for Education and on UTCs for the Baker-Dearing Trust.
I was appointed to the post of Schools Commissioner for England at the Department for Education by the Secretary of State in May 2011 for a fixed two-year term. My task has been to raise standards, tackle underperformance and champion the growth of Academies, Academy sponsors and Free Schools. As Schools Commissioner, I visited schools and local authorities nationwide, working with heads, parents, local communities, governors and sponsors and representatives of a range of sectors to raise standards. During my two-year tenure I have visited over 150 schools, given nearly 100 talks and 32 media interviews.
I have 30 years’ experience as an educationalist in both the private and state independent sectors. My previous role was the Chief Executive of a unique hard Federation of three all-through academies in South East London which I founded.
I am a governor of two schools and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. In June 2009, I was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to local and national education.
My aim is to ensure every young person attends a ‘good’ school where they can fulfil their potential and have a valued pathway into Higher or Further Education – “from nursery to university”.