The Wales Education Commission brings together distinguished individuals who are considered leading thinkers with a record of outstanding success in their own fields of education.
Drawn from across the globe, members of the Commission bring their individual thoughts, experience and challenges to bear on the work required to improve the quality of education in Wales.
The Education Commission provides advice, guidance and commentary on the challenges faced in Wales and the progress made within Yr Athrofa to raise standards.
Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Chair of the Wales Education Commission. He has served on several national and international government committees relating to education and cultural policy.
Phillip Blaker is Chief Executive of Qualifications Wales, the qualifications regulator in Wales, and offers a unique understanding of the challenges we face in Wales. His expertise includes educational standards and how they are measured.
Dr Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education, offers a detailed understanding of how policy and strategy can improve opportunity, learning, achievement and equity. She provides clarity about how research can inform educational practice.
Paul Collard is steeped in the repertoire of creative and cultural education. His expertise includes the ability to think differently. He is an expert in delivering programmes that use creativity and culture as drivers of social, educational and economic change.
The University of Glasgow has long been a leading force in teacher education. Recently arrived from Australia to take up the post of Dean of the School of Education, Trevor Gale is an advocate for social justice. His mantra is that excellence requires equity at its heart. Trevor comes from an academic community dedicated to making sure that research informs practice in classrooms, supports the development of policy and helps shape political practice.
Boston, Massachusetts is a particularly challenging education environment. Laura Perille is a unique force for equity in education. Her company, Edvestors, ensures that philanthropic investment makes a difference for the least favoured communities in the Boston Unified School District. Laura has established an international reputation for her leadership through making sure that decisions are rooted in the testing of evidence. She has built a unique coalition of public, private and government opinion leaders and decision makers to work in partnership with schools, teachers and their communities.
‘Learn to change the world’ is the mission of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dean Jim Ryan, is the champion of this campaign and a leading expert on law in education. His work addresses how the law structures education opportunity and he has written widely on school desegregation, finances, school choice, standards and testing, and the link between neuroscience and special education. Jim Ryan will ensure our commitment to change the world through education.
Amy Sanders is the Projects Coordinator and a Director in Dynamix and specialises on giving children and young people a say as well as engaging and involving disadvantaged groups that are commonly labelled as hard to reach or hard to engage. In the last few years significant projects that Amy has led on include a consultation with looked after children and young people about the additional challenges faced by looked after children in education and how these can be overcome; a national consultation with children and young people about Safer Routes to school and behaviour on school transport; a range of equalities projects to look at how the following groups are discriminated or disadvantaged: Young disabled adults, Asylum Seekers & Refugees, Migrants, Muslims, LGBT, older people and disabled people.