Leadership Team

Matt Hood

Chief Education Officer

Matt leads all programmes at Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching. He is a former teacher, school leader, government policy advisor and education charity director. Matt is a trustee of The Brilliant Club, a Teach First alumnus and a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.

Marie Hamer

Executive Director of Learning Design and Teaching Programmes

Marie leads programme design at Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching. She is a former Teach First National Curriculum Leader and Head of Ark Teacher Training. Marie is also a member of the DfE Expert Group for the Early Career Teacher Framework.

Peps Mccrea

Dean of Learning Design

Peps is a former Fasttrack maths teacher and Senior Lecturer in mathematics education. He has been a National Curriculum Advisor for the DfE, External Examiner at the OU, and is the author of Lean Lesson Planning and Memorable Teaching. Peps has three Masters degrees (in Engineering Design, Educational Leadership, and Educational Research) and is a Fellows of the University of Brighton and the Young Academy.

Harry Fletcher-Wood

Associate Dean

Harry leads our Fellowship in Teacher Education. As a former English and history teacher, Harry taught in Japan, India and London. He has been head of careers and professional development in schools and has trained teachers, and studied exceptional teaching and local educational needs, for Teach First. Harry recently published a new book – Responsive Teaching: Cognitive Science and Formative Assessment in Practice.

Katy Patten

Associate Dean

Katy is a former history teacher and Deputy Director of Sixth Form in a challenging south London school. Most recently she was Head of Curriculum Development for Ark Teacher Training. As well as leading the development of an ‘outstanding’ ITT curriculum, Katy led on the design and delivery of a professional development programme for Ark’s first
school in Delhi.

Nicki Whiteman

Interim External Relations Director

Nicki is a former Senior Broadcast Journalist at Heart FM and the BBC where she fronted live news programmes and interviewed leading figures from politics and entertainment. Since transitioning into communications Nicki has held senior positions in organisations including the education charity Achievement for All where she was Chief Communications Officer.

Madeleine Anderson

Director of Programme Operations

Madeleine was previously Director of Social Investment and Innovation at Catch22, a social business that delivers public services to help people turn their lives around. She started her career at McKinsey and in private equity, before spending six years as a social entrepreneur establishing an SME finance company in
East Africa.

Ed Butcher

Interim Talent and Partnerships Director

Most recently, Ed worked as a director at Teach for All where he helped establish and scale new variants of the ‘Teach First’ model around the world. Prior to this he led a growth and transformation team at Teach First. Ed is also a qualified teacher, and co-founder and trustee of East London Arts & Music Academy.

Our merger with Ambition School Leadership

The Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership have merged to become a new organisation dedicated to supporting teachers and school leaders to keep getting better. We think that this is the best way to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets a great education. Our new organisation will be launched in spring 2019. To find out more about why we’re merging, what we’ll be focusing on, and some new appointments to our ever-growing team, read on…

Our Partners

The Institute for Teaching was founded by a diverse group of schools and school alliances all of whom serve low income communities.


Reach Academy Feltham

King Solomon Academy

Mossley Hollins Schools

Dixons Trinity Academy

School 21

Lampton School

London Academy

Oasis Academy South Bank

School Alliances

Ark Schools

Oasis Community Learning

Dixons Academies Trust

Mossley Hollins Teaching School Alliance

Accreditation Partner

We partner with system leading organisations to improve the work that we do.

Clifford Chance is a leading law firm, working with clients from all over the world to meet their demands and find solutions to their most complex challenges.

Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching have merged to become a new organisation dedicated to supporting teachers and school leaders to keep getting better. We’re launching the new organisation in spring 2019.

Ark Ventures is a charity which launches, incubates and scales ventures that address some of the most intractable issues in education and society. The Institute for Teaching is incubated by Ark Ventures.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without our supporters who share our values and provide funding, pro-bono support and volunteering.

Zing supports early stage organisations whose outcomes are focused on young people realising their potential.

Credit Suisse is a leading financial services company whose EMEA Foundation works with innovative organisations to improve  the educational attainment, employability and aspirations of young disadvantaged people.

Big Change backs powerful ideas at an early stage of their development allowing them to learn, grow and prove their impact.

The Teach First Innovation Unit exists to find and support initiatives that address educational inequality.