Teacher Reference Group

The Teacher Reference Group acts as a confidential sounding board, advising on the potential impact of policies on the school system, including any barriers to implementation.

Terms of reference

The Teacher Reference Group supports policy development and implementation across the Department for Education (DfE) by contributing views and providing feedback to ministers and officials. The group is not representative and has no power of veto over policy decisions.

Meeting dates

The group meets 5 times a year in September, November, January, March and May. The group has secretariat support based in the department’s Schools Strategy Unit. Agendas are set by the secretariat in collaboration with group members.


Members of the Teacher Reference Group are classroom practitioners covering various regions of the country and types of school. There are 17 members:

  • Emma Baker from John Masefield High School, Ledbury
  • Katie Broadribb from Wildern School, Southampton
  • Elizabeth Buchanan from Chestnut Grove Academy, Wandsworth
  • John Coxhead from Parbold Douglas CE Academy, Wigan
  • Rachel Foley from Teddington School, Middlesex
  • Peter Forster from Beal High School, Redbridge
  • Anne Goree from Oasis Academy Bank Leaze, Bristol
  • Lisa Killelay from World’s End Infant and Nursery School, Birmingham
  • Edward Leighton from St Joseph’s College, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Laura McLean from Manchester Enterprise Academy, Manchester
  • Hilary Oppong from Kelvin Grove Primary School, Lewisham
  • Luke Read from Alexandra Park Primary School, Stockport
  • Emma Saadatzadeh from Varndean School, Brighton and Hove
  • Chris Smith from Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Leeds
  • Matthew Taylor from King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage