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Warwick Mansell is a freelance education journalist. He started his career in local journalism, spending four years at the Cambridge Evening News. After two years as a general reporter, he became the paper’s education correspondent shortly after the 1997 general election. He then spent nine years at the Times Educational Supplement, the latter six as the paper’s curriculum, assessment and accountability specialist. In 2008, he went freelance and has had nearly 250 articles published by the Guardian and Observer newspapers, among other outlets. He wrote the Guardian’s education diary from 2012 to 2017. In 2007, his book on the impact of results pressures in schools – Education by Numbers: the Tyranny of Testing - was published by Politico’s. This, and his work for the TES in 2008 to expose a test marking fiasco – saw him shortlisted for the Private Eye/Guardian Paul Foot award for investigative journalism that year. He is a regular speaker, panellist and chair at conferences. He has a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Wadham College, Oxford and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from Cardiff University.
Ann McGauran Ann McGauran is a London-based freelance writer with 20 years' experience in public policy journalism. Her clients have included Schools Week, Public Finance, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Healthcare Management, Health Adviser (DAC Beachcroft LLP), The Lancet and The British Medical Journal. She is public sector reporter for Healthcare Markets (LaingBuisson), and was a special correspondent for Health Service Journal. Her special interests include finance, corporate governance and investigative journalism, including the use of the Freedom of Information Act as a source of stories.