Education Editor, The Guardian
I’m the Guardian’s education editor, writing about schools and higher education – so I get to visit a lot of schools and spend a lot of time thinking and talking about education. Between 2006 and 2013 I was based in the Guardian’s Washington DC bureau, where I helped cover Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election campaign and his subsequent re-election in 2012, as well as writing about American politics and society more generally. Previously I worked for the Financial Times, writing about the workings of financial markets and economics. I studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, and I am originally from New Zealand.