Stefan Burkey

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Stefan Burkey has been a freelancer consultant, adviser, and evaluator to the education and training sectors since December 2009.  Clients and commissions have included:

  • The Economic and Social Research Council (including the high-profile and influential evaluation of the decade-long Teaching and Learning Research Programme)
  • Skills for Care / Skills for Health (including the evaluation of the national Carer Awareness project)
  • AQA (Including a three-stage evaluation of Mathematics GCSEs)
  • The National College for School Leadership (including the evaluation of the Senior Leaders in Education pilot programme, and the longitudinal 2010 to 2014 evaluation of the School Business Manger Development programme)
  • Ofqual (including influential national research on the use of textbooks and study aids);
  • Achievement for All (including the development of the Schools Programme, which is currently operating in nearly 12% schools across England and Wales, and development of professional, international , and masters level AfA strategies and qualifications).
  • Teach First (including a number of ‘state of the nation’ reviews of practice and policy)
  • Office of the Children’s Commissioner (including a ‘one year on’ analysis of parliamentary report on school exclusions)

Prior to freelancing: (all Training and Development Agency for Schools/DfE)

  • Team leader for the Teach First national programme
  • Team leader for Standards and Requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Co-writer of 2007 Standards for QTS
  • Project manager /co-writer of the 2007 requirements for initial teacher training
  • Team leader on disability and equalities policy
  • Team leader on arts and creativity policy
  • Co-leader for national SEN and STEM programmes.

Career Highlights

Stefan has developed policy options and analysis for a number of Ministers for Schools, the (then) Secretary of State for Education and Skills, The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.

Stefan’s other achievements include:

  • A regional Teaching Awards judge (2006-2009);
  • Delivered an annual presentation/lecture on Initial Teacher Training in England to students from the United States Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2006-2009);
  • Delivered lectures and presentations on the policy and practice of Initial Teacher Training in England (face-to-face and via video conferences supported by the British Council) to students and policy makers from various countries including Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, France, Israel, Mexico, Peru, and the USA (2006 – 2010)
  • An associate of the Learning and Skills Network up to the close of their operations in England in late 2011;
  • Associate (and Senior Associate) of HOST Policy Research (2010 to date);
  • A member of the expert advisory panel to the Head of Policy at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (2010 to date);
  • Pro-bono consultancy services to a range of charities and not-for-profit organisations in West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton, and Berkshire (2010 to date);
  • An active primary school governor (2004 to date).

Training Offer

  • Policy and practice review and development
  • Regulatory and legislative matters
  • SEN
  • Disability rights
  • Effective practice in teaching and learning
  • Effective practice in parent and care engagement
  • Effective practice in leadership
  • Effective practice in teaching and learning
  • Exclusions
  • Review of policy and practice relating to:
    • Leadership
    • Teaching and learning
    • Wider opportunities and outcomes
    • Parent and carer engagement


Stefan is an excellent colleague, knowledgeable, reliable and committed to the highest standards in education.  I have worked with Stefan for 15 years and value his professionalism and the quality of his engagement with an extensive range of educational activities.  Stefan has considerable expertise in the creation of materials, I recommend him to you.”

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO Achievement for All, and Professor of Education and Social Enterprise, UCL Institute of Education.

Stefan Burkey Consultancy Services (SBCS) played a key role in making our international manifesto exciting, engaging, accessible, and relevant to funders and policy makers in the UK and across Europe. We are delighted to retain SBCS as consultants to our mission of giving underprivileged youth a chance at a better future

Anand Kapoor, President CSSG


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