Gareth Long: Director

Gareth LongInternational governments and companies, local education authorities, schools and individuals turn to Gareth Long for his expertise in education transformation, design of learning spaces, school leadership and 'troubleshooting' a wide range of projects.  As a leading education specialist and independent advisor with 30 years experience, Gareth brings a wealth of knowledge and a dynamic approach to all areas of education.  He is involved in a wide range of UK and international projects.

As a 'trouble shooting' Headteacher he very successfully led four secondary schools, three in London and one abroad, including two simultaneously.

Gareth now works as the senior education adviser for a number of organisations, including schools, free school groups, local authorities, architects and major construction companies, advising on a range of significant education building projects across the UK and abroad. He also works for several international school groups on projects around the world.  Gareth was Chair of the Design Group for the innovative new Tottenham UTC, the largest UTC in the UK, and wrote the Education Design Brief for the London Design and Engineering UTC.  

In July 2015, Gareth became the first person in the UK to be recognised as an Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) by the American based Association for Learning Environments (AfLE)

Currently, along with other members of the-learning-crowd he is working on numerous primary, secondary and SEN school projects on new build and extension projects for a number of  different clients, including Milton Keynes and Cardiff Councils as well as an 'all through' school for a leading contractor.   He led the team providing education support to the expansion opportunities for over seventy primary schools for the London Borough of Southwark and has just written a Education Design Brief for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  

Recently he was identified by the Qatar Foundation as a preferred Education Planner for QF education projects and is currently working on the expansion project for the prestigious Qatar Academy.  He is named on the bid team for  two other Qatar based projects. Professor Stephen Heppell asked Gareth to write the original Education Design Brief for the highly innovative IPACA on Portland.

Gareth was education design consultant on an SEN school scheme that was highly commended including winning: 2013 'Project of the Year (£5m-£50m) in the British Construction industry Awards and 2013 'Best School Building' in the Education Business Awards.

Until recently, along with other Senior Associates of the-learning-crowd, Gareth was co-editor of the on-line magazine 'Learning Spaces' and works as Senior Education Lead on the 'Learning Rooms' project sponsored by Gratnells and Findel.

He currently works for the London Borough of Southwark, Brent and Milton Keynes local authoirities.  He also works with international school organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Mauritius and Panama. 

“Gareth Long is a visionary educator. His quiet leadership and passionate commitment for reform have been important drivers in the amazing educational transformation now happening in the Cayman Islands.  Gareth has a rare talent for bringing together diverse interest groups and getting them to work collaboratively towards a common goal.”


Prakash Nair, Fielding Nair International

Gareth is friends with, and works alongside, many of the world’s leading education visionaries, including Professor Stephen Heppell, Trung Le, Prakash Nair and Frank Locker.  He is pleased to work closely with VS, one of Europe’s leading education furniture suppliers.

He led a project on transformational approaches to learning for the Welsh Government producing a well received report and action plan. He contributes to the Scottish Government's Learning Technologies Review, as well as several 'future of education' seminars. Gareth is often quoted in media interviews and articles.

“Working with Gareth has been a real learning curve about the power of being positive and dynamic. His contribution to the LEA is certainly legendary and recognised by us all as something very special…  He is the master of the possible!”


Anji Phillips, Director, Children’s Services, London








Gareth was previously the Senior Strategic Development Advisor (Education) to the Minister of Education of the Cayman Islands, working at the highest levels of government and playing a pivotal role in transforming the Cayman Islands’ education system, including the design of 'cutting edge' new secondary and primary learning environments.

As well as founder of  the-learning-crowd, Gareth is a member of American based group A4LE (Association for Learning Environments), the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the Education Construction Network.

Gareth was a member of the International Jury for the 2014 'Moving Education' competition, with the finals held in Frankfurt in April 2014.  This competition explored how everyday movement can improve the learning experience of second level students. He has been asked to be a judge for 2013 and 2014 School of the Future competitions for the American based Council of Education Facilites Planners International (cefpi). He was previously chair of judges for the  BCSE Industry Awards which recognised excellence and innovation in new school design.