Liz Sidwell


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I am an educational strategist and consultant whose projects have included 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 to raise standards, tackle underperformance and champion the growth of Academies, Academy sponsors and Free Schools. As Schools Commissioner,  I visited over 150 schools, given nearly 100 talks and 32 media interviews.

I have over 30 years’ experience as an educationalist in both the private and state independent sectors. My previous role was Chief Executive of a unique hard Federation of three all-through academies in South East London which I founded.

Currently I Chair a MAT and sit on two academic boards.  I am 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 commitment is for every young person to attend a ‘good’ school where they can fulfil their potential and find a valued pathway into Higher or Further Educatiion and employment.

December 2018