Revealed: The 10 most influential figures in education in 2017

Who has been named as the inaugural Tes Person of the Year?

They are the people, campaigns and farmyard animals that have made a difference to education in England in 2017.

The list includes union leaders who helped make school funding a top election issue, the leader of Britain’s “strictest school”, the chief inspector who is transforming perceptions of Ofsted, and a grassroots campaign to improve the ethnic and gender balance of education leaders.

But there can only be one Tes Person of the Year, and the inaugural winner is Russell Hobby 

This was his seventh and final year as general secretary of the NAHT headteachers’ union, and his part in securing a better deal on primary assessment for NAHT members – and schools – is a major reason for his accolade.

And now, as chief executive of Teach First, he will be a respected and influential voice when the key issues of teacher recruitment and retention, and improving social mobility, are under discussion.

And now, after three months getting to know Teach First from the inside, he has identified three priorities for 2018: do more work to get great teachers where they are most needed, do more to help teachers thrive when they are in place – and help more Teach First ambassadors take leadership roles in challenging areas, and help ensure the systems and communities around schools help them to succeed.

Who were the influencers on the Tes shortlist? Revealed: The 10 most influential figures in education in 2017

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