Who We Are

Madeleine Holt is an education campaigner. She co-founded Rescue Our Schools and helped set up the More than a Score alliance against SATS,  which RoS is part of. She regularly makes films for More than a Score. Madeleine is also a founding member of the Slow Education movement. She has recently contributed to Education Forward, a collection of essays arguing for a total rethink of the English education system to equip children with the skills they need for the 21st century, and is currently working on developing the Big Education Conversation. She runs Meet the Parents, a social enterprise which encourages families to support their local comprehensive.  She was previously culture corespondent on Newsnight during a twenty year career at the BBC.

Anne Clarke is a primary and secondary governor in NW London.

Emma Bishton lives in Suffolk where her two children are currently at a local secondary school. She works in public health and as a musician. Emma has been a school governor, and from 2010-12 coordinated a campaign opposing a local Free school. This campaign (which was successful) sparked my interest in education issues.

Jonny Crawshaw became a founder member of Rescue Our Schools having organised a parent-led opposition to the academy conversion of his local schools in 2016. Following the campaign he was elected a parent governor and subsequently elected as Labour Councillor for his local ward in 2017 with the highest number of votes cast for an individual councillor in City of York Council’s history! In 2017 he won the Frank Jarvis Award for his contribution to education as a campaigner both through Rescue Our Schools and in his home city.

Christine Clifford is a retired educator but very active community volunteer and campaigner. After a career in education ending with several years at the National College of School Leadership during the time of Every Child Matters, Sure Start, and the London Challenge she is horrified to see this destroyed by cuts and ideology. She believes in good state education for all and lifelong learning and that we must fight cuts and the big lie that is austerity, for the sake of present and future generations.

Issi Nash is our in-house administrator. She has three teenage children. After attending a meeting called by her headteacher about the impending cuts, she was shocked by how few parents were present and is now committed to promoting our education campaign.

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