A popular speaker and writer, Jean Gross CBE has been a teacher, an educational psychologist, head of children’s services in a local authority, and a Visiting and Associate Fellow at three universities. She was formerly the government’s Communication Champion for children, responsible for promoting the importance of good language skills. Before this she headed a charity responsible for the Every Child a Reader and Every Child Counts literacy and numeracy tutoring programmes, and led work on overcoming barriers to achievement as a Director of the government’s National Strategies. She is the author of numerous articles and bestselling books on children’s issues, including Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs (3rd edition, 2013, David Fulton) and Time to Talk (2nd edition, 2018, Routledge). She co-authored the Education Endowment’s recent guidance report Improving social and emotional learning in primary schools. A forthcoming book Reaching the unseen children explores what schools can do to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children, particularly for a group who consistently do worse in our education system than almost all others – white children eligible for free school meals.