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Brunel alumnus recognised with an OBE in the 2023 New Year's Honours List for Services to Education


Congratulations to Brunel alumnus, Dr Jeffery Quaye, to be bestowed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2023 New Year's Honours by His Majesty The King (Charles III) for Services to Education.

Jeffery is the National Director of Education and Standards at Aspirations Academies Trust. An experienced senior leader with an enormous passion for improving the life chances of young people, he was formerly a regional Chief Executive Officer and Director of Standards and Effectiveness. Prior to this, Jeffery was a headteacher of an inner-city, 11-18 City of London Academy (Southwark) which he led with a dedication to academic rigour and commitment to educational excellence and equity where every student is supported to achieve strong outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged students.

Jeffery holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematics Education from Brunel University London. Commenting on his PhD at Brunel, he stated:

“it is a very recognised and respected credential in the education field. This course has given me the research skills to solve complex problems and make an original contribution to knowledge. The primary benefit of my PhD is the development of critical thinking and an understanding of a range of complex social constructs that can be utilised in large-scale independent research. Additionally, the PhD experience provides me with credibility and expertise to foster meaningful change in education”.

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In addition to his PhD, Jeffery has a First Class Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a Master of Arts degree with Distinction in Education and holds both the National Professional Qualification for Headship and the Professional Qualification for School Inspectors.

Jeffery is a serving lead Ofsted Inspector for primary and secondary schools, a Chartered Mathematics Teacher, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Jeffery is a UK Government education policy advisor with recent work with the Department for Education including the Teacher recruitment and retention strategy, review of behaviour and school exclusions in England, and Multi Academy Leadership Development for Chief Executive Officers.

Additionally, he is an Ofqual External expert and External Examiner for University of Oxford’s MSc Learning and Teaching and Coventry University’s MA in Educational Leadership programmes. His expertise includes teaching and learning, educational leadership, curriculum development, assessment, school improvement, mathematics education, school governance and data analysis.