The Headteacher Reference Groups advise on the potential impact of policies on primary and secondary education, including any barriers to implementation. There are 2 groups - the Primary Headteacher Reference Group and the Secondary Headteacher Reference Group.
Terms of reference
The Headteacher Reference Groups help the Department for Education (DfE) by influencing and improving policy development for primary and secondary education.
The groups aim to:
- act as a confidential sounding board for policy colleagues to test their policies, bringing practitioner voice and expertise into the department
- offer advice on long-term strategic policy development
- influence and impact on the rest of the system, especially through other school leaders, while retaining independence from the department
- act as a channel of communication between schools, the department and other agencies, including local authorities, to convey issues pertinent to school policies
- take into account and pass on the views of community partners, including primary schools and post-16 colleagues, business and industry partners
- inform and respond to the work of other relevant stakeholder groups and panels
The groups are not representative and have no power of veto over policy decisions.
The groups meet 5 to 6 times per year, during term time.
Members of the Headteacher Reference Groups are leading headteachers from a wide range of primary and secondary schools, including academies, local-authority-maintained, non-maintained, and special schools across England.
Current members influencing primary education policy:
- Andy Brown, Executive Headteacher at West View Primary School, Hartlepool
- Lauren Costello OBE, Executive Principal at The White Horse Federation, Swindon
- Claire Fisher, Headteacher at Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, Lincoln
- Gillian Griffiths, Headteacher at World’s End Infant and Nursery School, Birmingham
- Anthony Hull, Chief Executive Officer at Evolution Academy Trust, Norwich
- Sylvie Libson OBE, Executive Headteacher at Oakington Manor Primary School and Furness Primary School, Wembley
- Pat Smart, Executive Headteacher at Greet Primary School, Birmingham
- Rachel Snape, Headteacher at The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge
- Stephen Snelson, Principal at Red Hill Field Primary School, Narborough
- Sallyanne Stanton, Executive Headteacher at Kanes Hill Primary, Southampton
- Rabbi Dr J Yodaiken, Principal at Yesoiday HaTorah School, Manchester
Current members influencing secondary education policy:
- Christopher Clarke, Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale
- Alan Gray, Headteacher at Sandringham School, St Albans
- Royston Halford, Executive Headteacher at Hawkley Hall High School, Wigan
- Stuart Mason, Headteacher at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, North Yorkshire
- Barbara Rogers CBE, Headteacher at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic High School and Arts College, Manchester
- John Tomasevic, Executive Headteacher at Toot Hill School, Nottingham
- Teresa Tunnadine CBE, Headteacher at The Compton School, Finchley
- Lynn Watson, Director of Education at Percy Hedley Foundation, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Stuart Williams, Principal at Catmose College, Rutland