Carmen is a parent of two, and often supports other parents in her local community. She has a passion for education, and a specific interest within Special Educational Needs policy. He children both attend mainstream school, and her eldest child was born with a partial duplication of chromosome 18 and Autistic Spectrum disorder. She describes her son’s educational journey as a 'mountain of obstacles we overcome together'.
Carmen has helped her son push through barriers and reach unexpected targets, whilst ensuring consistent and appropriate educational support is in place for him. She has met with Secretaries of State and Ministers for education, as a voice for parents, to discuss the educational system's fluidity for children with SEND. She is passionately dedicated to a mission that all children have a right to a free education that is designed to be adaptable for the individual, thus ensuring a system that is fair for all.
John was Chairman of the Conservative Education Society from 2018-20 and has almost fifty years' experience of teaching, advisory work, inspection, research and writing. He has written two books on the teaching of reading and spelling, The Literacy File (joint winner of the United Kingdom Reading Association Donald Moyle Award, 1997), and Using Phonics to Teach Reading and Spelling (Sage). John has written extensively for The Times Educational Supplement and Guardian Education, and was lead author of A Book of My Own (Who Cares? Trust 1995), and Faith Schools We Can Trust (Policy Exchange, 2010).
John has led or taken part in almost 200 inspections and school reviews, has contributed to training for teachers and inspectors, and has been a member of many Government working parties on languages and literacy. He ran a local authority advisory centre for literacy for 13 years, and was Languages Consultant for the Hackney Learning Trust from 2005-2011. He is founder of a charity, A Book of My Own, which provides books of their choice to children in care, and to those who might otherwise not have them. He offers free help with educational problems through his website, www.johnbald.typepad.com.
Steve was Chairman of the Conservative Education Society from 2014-18. He was Head of History at a state secondary school in Cambridge for 17 years, curriculum leader for a large multi-academy trust, and is now an education consultant.
He is passionate about a knowledge-rich curriculum for all pupils, regardless of ability or social background, empowering each one of them to become part of the cultural discourse that pupils from privileged backgrounds take for granted. He trained history teachers for the University of Cambridge and has worked for the Ministries of Education in Singapore and Kazakhstan to train their history teachers. He has advised the Department of Education about the history curriculum, enjoys rugby and running and his favourite city is Lucca in Italy.
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