Founder and CEO, Achievement for All
Professor of Education and Social Enterprise
Sonia Blandford has been a music teacher since 1980. Currently Founder and CEO of the award winning educational charity, Achievement for All which provides programmes to improve outcomes for underachieving children and young people aged 2 – 18 years in 4,000 early years, school and post 16 settings in England and Wales; and Professor of Education and Social Enterprise at UCL IOE. Previously, Sonia was Director of Research and Leadership at Teach First, Professor of Educational Leadership and Innovation at the University of Warwick, where she now holds an Honorary Professorship, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and Deputy Dean of the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford. Prior to her charity and higher education positions Sonia held leadership and teaching positions in five secondary schools Wiltshire, Bath, London and Bristol.
As an innovator in education Sonia led the creation and development of the Teach First initial teacher training programme and EdD programmes at Oxford Brookes University and Canterbury Christ Church University, each aiming to provide the highest quality professional development opportunities for teachers. Sonia was among the first cohort to be awarded an EdD in the UK at the University of Bristol (1995). She was a member of inaugural NPQH development and delivery team in the South West and has been a Quality Assurance Assessor monitoring quality and standards in higher education.
In a voluntary capacity Sonia founded and supported five local and national charities that share her commitment to enabling every child to succeed regardless of background, challenge or need. Her first charity, The Corsham Windband Association has engaged children and young people from diverse backgrounds in music making for over 30 years.
Sonia is author of over 150 articles and books written for teachers, leaders, parents and carers, and children and young people, most recently publishing with John Catt and Bloomsbury.