Mroz is the one educational journalist on our list, though Laura McInerney, the influential editor of Schools Week is close. Mroz came to prominence as editor of the Times Higher where she was responsible for “ripping up” the then World University Rankings and replacing it with the current tables for the magazine in 2010, which have become widely respected in comparing the quality of universities across the globe. Mroz then moved to become editor as well as digital publishing director at the Times Educational Supplement (TES), which for many years has been the in-house paper for schools. She is on the advisory boards of the powerhouses, the Sutton Trust, the Education Endowment Foundation and the Education Policy Institute. Mroz knows everyone across all education sectors and writes punchy editorials that make the weather. But will TES retain its power in the world of bloggers and new media?

The Seldon List 2017


These 20 figures, ten women, ten men, encompass those who I believe are having or will have the most powerful effect on our schools and universities. Some are household names, many are not. They all should be. Education at every level is riven by major disputes, and now more so than ever. The list of 20 contains those with pungent views on these debates, which include: whether we should be educating young people to lead a good life or merely for jobs; whether a traditional academic curriculum is suitable for all and whether it is right that it fails a third or more; and whether the state or the market should be dominant in deciding the content and delivery of education.

Reducing the figures to just 20 was agonizing: a further ten at least were very close to inclusion. Next year’s table will drop 10 from here. The key factor in the selection is who is setting the agenda for education, whether leaders of individual institutions, politicians and administrators, or academics and writers.

As education affects all of us, far more than we may think, these 20 contain some of the most influential figures in the country today.

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalist, commentator and political author. Anthony Seldon is currently the Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University. He was head of Brighton College and of Wellington College, two of Britain’s leading independent schools. He is author of over 40 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, politics and education, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historian to Downing Street and a Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.



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