Ed Vainker is the Principal at Reach Academy Feltham, a state-funded school in the United Kingdom that he co-opened in September 2012. The vision for the school is that, with the right support, all children, regardless of background, can achieve great things at school, attend university, and live happy and fulfilled lives. The school is situated in a neighborhood that is in the 10% most deprived in the United Kingdom. There are presently 420 pupils at the school, which includes a nursery, and that number will rise to 900 over the next few years. It is an “all-through school,” enrolling children from two to three years old in the nursery through 18 years old.
Prior to establishing Reach Academy Feltham with Jon McIntosh and Rebecca Cramer, Mr. Vainker was based in Washington, D.C., helping to train outstanding teachers around the world. Previously, Mr. Vainker had held leadership roles in the education sector in the United Kingdom. For four years he taught French, History, and Literacy at two inner-city secondary schools in London with Teach First. He was on the leadership team at his secondary school, involved in training new teachers at Canterbury Christchurch University, and mentored new teachers in classroom settings. Mr. Vainker has also consulted on curriculum design and teacher training and worked with different agencies to improve access to prestigious British universities for students from diverse backgrounds.
Upon completing the Sauvé Program, Mr. Vainker joined Teach For All as Director of Teacher Preparation, Support and Development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Cambridge University and a Master's degree in Comparative Education.