Louis Coiffait

Head of Education, Reform


The trillion £ question

According to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, England’s teaching workforce represents an ‘asset’ worth over a trillion pounds. Yet if we look at what’s spent (and how) to ‘maintain’ the engine inside our schools, to keep it performing at its best – whether that’s CPD, staff wellbeing, or the latest technology and management practices – then it’s a woefully small and variable fraction of this huge amount. Based on new research, this presentation summarises five ways that schools can make the most of their biggest asset.


I’ve spent over a decade in education research and policy, including with the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER), Taylor & Francis, the Careers & Enterprise Company, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), NAHT Edge, Pearson, FreshMinds Research, a healthcare multinational, a Cabinet Minister in a Govt Department, an MP, the Teacher Training Agency, Westminster Council, and the Higher Education Academy. I also worked in Los Angeles at the Anderson Management School and a start-up. I’m a governor in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, and studied at York, UCLA and Cambridge. Outside work I can be found playing sport, using a camera or getting into the hills. Yorkshireman, really.