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Mark Lehain

Mr Lehain was the Founder & first Principal of Bedford Free School. He is now Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Education.

After a period working in the city, Mr Lehain trained as maths teacher in 2002 and then taught at a state school in Bedford. Having been Head of Department and then Assistant Head at Wootton Upper School, in 2010 he left to lead the campaign to open Bedford Free School.

He was Principal there until 2017, when he became Director of Parents & Teachers for Excellence, a group encouraging schools across the system to adopt best practice in the areas of behaviour, knowledge-rich curricula, rigorous and sensible assessments, and cultural