Speaker profile

Fiona Millar

Education Journalist
The Guardian (Confirmed)

Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist specialising in education and parenting issues. She went to school and university in London and started her career on the Mirror Group’s graduate training scheme in Devon. She worked on the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express, as a news reporter, political correspondent and freelance feature writer.

Between 1997 and 2003 she worked at Downing Street as a special adviser . She now writes a column in Education Guardian and regularly takes part in television and radio debates about education policy.

In 2004 Fiona wrote and presented a film about parental choice for Channel Four.  Between 2003 and 2010 she was chair of the Family and Parenting Institute, a leading centre of expertise on family policy in the UK. Fiona is co-founder of the Local Schools Network website and in 2009 published a book about work life balance called “The Secret World of the Working Mother.

Fiona has three grown up children and is chair of governors of a North London comprehensive school. She is also vice-chair of the National Youth Arts Trust and chair of the Young Camden Foundation.

Her latest book, “The Best for My Child. Did the schools market deliver?” came out earlier this year to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Education Reform Act. It explores the impact of  Act which introduced the idea of choice, competition and diversity in the English school system and looks at possible policy solutions for the future.

 

Agenda sessions

DAY 1 -

  • THE HOT SEAT

    • 12:20 pm
      Since 2010 have we done anything more than tinker with the school system?