Education Secretary David Blunkett this week confirmed the appointment of film-maker David Puttnam to the Government's schools standards task force. The task force, which is to meet four times a year, will be chaired by Mr Blunkett or standards minister Stephen Byers.
The team includes the senior industrialist John Baker, chairman of National Power.
Other members are: Anthea Millett, chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency; Dr Nick Tate, chief executive designate of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority; William Atkinson, head of Phoenix High in Hammersmith, London; Carol Evans, head of Priory school, Slough; Sue Pearson, head of Lache county junior school, Chester; Janet Warwick, head of Rhyn Park school, Oswestry, Shropshire; Dr David Winkley, head of Grove primary school, Birmingham; Carol Adams, chief education officer, Shropshire; David Bell, chief education officer, Newcastle upon Tyne; Chrissie Garrett, assistant principal of Banbury school, Banbury; Professor David Hargreaves, Wolfson College, Cambridge; Professor Stephen Heppell, Ultra-Lab, Anglia Polytechnic University; Jill Kieran, deputy head at Whiteheath infant school, Ruislip; Professor Simon Lee of Liverpool Hope University; Janet Major, teacher at Bungay high school, Suffolk; Professor John MacBeath, University of Strathclyde; Dr Heidi Safia Mirza, South Bank University, London.
Tim Brighouse, chief education officer in Birmingham, and Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector of schools, are to be joint vice-chairs.
William Atkinson was brought in as head and paid a salary well above the rate when Hammersmith School was designated as failing in 1995. It was found by OFSTED to no longer require special measures in February this year.
Sue Pearson transformed morale in her Chester junior school when she introduced a pilot reading scheme in line with Labour policy.
Professor Stephen Heppell is the man behind Labour's pledge to put every child in the land on the information superhighway.
Professor John MacBeath, of the University of Strathclyde, is currently leading Prince's Trust research into study support and homework clubs.
Dr Heidi Safia Mirza is a reader in South Bank University in London. She is a specialist in minority and community education.