Alison Kriel

Alison Kriel was an inner-city executive head teacher for nearly 20 years and a CEO for five years. She has a passion for social justice leadership, wellbeing, equity, inclusion and diversity. She has a reputation for excellence in leadership, leading schools with high social challenges to be in the top 0.1% nationally, the top three in London and to sustain high attainment over time. Her turnaround school was regarded and recommended by regional schools commissioner for east of England and north-east London, as a model school for the London, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex region. The school won many prestigious awards including London Gold School status, the award for attainment and pupil progress at the SSAT awards, and the national Pupil Premium award. Both of her schools were listed in the Sunday Times top 500.

Alison now works nationally and internationally supporting leaders with the strategic development of their schools, particularly those in challenging circumstances. She also mentors teachers and school leaders. She is a regular speaker and panel member at conferences, speaking on a wide variety of subjects including courageous leadership, turnaround schools, wellbeing, staff retention, breaking through the concrete ceiling, diversity, ubuntu, and anti-racism.

Alison is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, a HundrEd ambassador, and an RSA fellow. She is also the founder of Talking Circle, a support network for black and Asian teachers. She was made an honorary doctor of philosophy for attainment and services to education in 2018.


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