Sara Ford is ASCL’s Deputy Director of Policy: Structures where she leads on pay, conditions and employment-related policy issues and negotiates with the DfE, STRB and academy chains on behalf of members. Her areas of responsibility also include funding, primary, post-16, FE and independent schools and colleges, and inclusion and equality. Sara was ASCL's Pay, Conditions, and Employment Specialist until September 2018.
Before joining ASCL in 2013, Sara spent 14 years as a policy official at the DfE. During that time she spent five years working on the academies' programme, initially as head of the Funding, Finance and Open Academies Unit before becoming Regional Head for the North East and North West Academies Brokerage Unit, where she also managed the contract for the Educational Advisors.
Prior to joining the academies' programme, Sara headed the Pay and Conditions Unit where she led on the Department's policy on teachers' and support staff pay for over three years.