Our Authors

Adam Medlycott

Adam Medlycott is a researcher in the Curriculum & Learning area of The Key for School Leaders. Adam previously taught as a primary school teacher and survived to tell the tale. He specialises in answering questions on SATs and testing and loves talking about scaled scores.

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright is a researcher in the School Evaluation and Improvement area of The Key for School Leaders. He specialises in answering questions on publicly available performance data, and how this can be used by schools to benchmark their own cohorts against national figures. He is also an avid reader of the inspection handbook.

Alex Collinson

Alex Collinson is a researcher in the Staff area of The Key for School Leaders. He specialises in answering questions on recruitment and retention, and has therefore read an unhealthy amount of interview questions and job descriptions for school-based roles.

Amy Cook

Amy Cook the editor of Key insights. She is also a research team leader on The Key for School Leaders. Amy specialises in answering questions about pupil welfare, SEN management, engaging parents, and safeguarding. She is the vice chair of governors at a large primary school in Islington.

Fergal Roche

Fergal Roche is chief executive of The Key. Fergal has led the development of The Key since it was founded as part of a 2007 government sponsored pilot. He is also chair of governors at a secondary school in south London, and sits on the board of George Abbot school (academy) in Surrey.

Marianne Pope

Marianne Pope is a researcher in the the Administration and Management area of The Key for School Leaders. She specialises in operational aspects of school leadership, including school business management, and frequently brings up school admissions at dinner parties.

Oliver Kean

Oliver Kean is a senior researcher for The Key for School Governors. Oliver specialises in the topics of governor development and effective organisation of the governing body.

Sara McNeillis

Sara McNeillis is a researcher for The Key for School Leaders. She works in the Administration and Management area of the website, digging up answers on everything from data protection law to keeping pet chickens.