Levelling Panel

Dame Reena Keeble DBE, EdD  
Reena is a retired primary Head Teacher with 22 years’ experience. She has a proven track record in leading an outstanding school and offering school to school support, coaching future leaders, curriculum design and pedagogy. Until her retirement Reena was a National Leader of Education (NLE) and her school was designated as a National Support School. Reena has also acted as an Executive Head Teacher and was awarded a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2007. In 2011, she was appointed as a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to education. For five years Reena chaired the Primary Headteachers’ Reference Group at the Department for Education and she has worked on developing policy at both local and national levels. In September 2014, Reena led the review for the newly-designed Arstmark Award and is a member of the Cultural Education Expert Group at Arts Council England. Reena is currently leading a primary review of teaching and will be reporting later in 2016.
Dr. David Parker 
As a freelance consultant, David specialises in research and evaluation in the arts and education sectors. With a longstanding interest in education programmes that are designed to unlock the creative potential of young people, David has contributed to a range of studies that seek to explore new methods of measuring and valuing creative development in schools. From 2012-2014, David was the Director of Research for the sector skills council Creative and Cultural Skills. Within this role, he was tasked with mapping the future needs of the creative and cultural industries and paid particular attention on cultural heritage, jewellery and design sectors. Prior to that, from 2004 – 2012, David was the Director of Research for the Creative Partnerships programme. Within this role, he offered strategic leadership on research and evaluation that was responsible for generating key learning from education and training programmes. In the earlier years of his career, David was the Head of Research at the British Film Institute, where he took a particular interest in the use of moving image media in the teaching and learning of literacy. David is presently a member of the Cultural Learning Alliance and an associate of the Royal Society of Arts.
Sam Cairns
Sam Cairns has worked in the culture sector for 15 years - starting in museum education and expanding into libraries, archives and then the arts. She worked for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and in education roles at Imperial War Museums and the Wellcome Trust. Sam has managed the Cultural Learning Alliance with Lizzie Crump since 2011. She led the development of the Cultural Learning Alliance’s Key Research Findings: case for cultural learning, the consultation report on Arts GCSEs published in 2014 and the 2016 response to the Teaching School Council’s review of Effective Primary Teaching Practice. She is a primary school governor and chair of her local community forum.

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's so important that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Department for Culture, Media and Sport