SOCIAL MOBILITY POLICY LEAD

Prof. Sonia Blandford

Sonia Blandford is founder and CEO of the award-winning educational charity Achievement for All, delivering programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people vulnerable to underachievement in early-years, school and post-16 settings across England and Wales; and visiting professor of education at UCL Institute of Education.

A prolific writer and speaker, Sonia has published widely including Social Mobility, Chance or Choice? (John Catt, 2019) Raising Attainment in the Primary Classroom, co-authored with Dr Catherine Knowles, (Bloomsbury CPD Library, 2018): Born to Fail? Social Mobility A Working Class View (John Catt, 2017); Understanding Applied Learning: Developing Practice in Education, co-authored with Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope, (Taylor Francis 2017).

Among her many charitable roles, Sonia was a Founding Trustee and Vice Chair of the Chartered College of Teaching and Founding Ambassador of Teach First. Sonia was also a finalist for the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ in the 2017 and 2018 UK Social Mobility Awards.