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.  

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

Gareth is identified by the Qatar Foundation as one of just six preferred Education Planners worldwide for Qatar Foundation education projects.  He is currently working with architects and contractors on the new $90m Qatar Academy Sidra building and previously was  involved with supporting the design of  a major extension scheme for  the prestigious Qatar Academy.  

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.  He frequently gets asked to write detailed Education Design Briefs for new projects.  These have been described as the 'best ever seen' by both architects and contractors.

Gareth was education design consultant on an SEN school scheme that was highly commended including winning: 'Project of the Year (£5m-£50m) in the British Construction industry Awards and  '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 contributed to the 2015 book 'Future Schools" and also to tThe Third Teacher'.

He currently works for a number of local authorities, including: London Borough of Southwark, Brent and Milton Keynes.   He also works with international school organisations in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Mauritius, Bermuda 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.

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.

He led a project on transformational approaches to learning for the Welsh Government producing a well received report and action plan. 

“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

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 '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 the Schools of the Future competitions for the American based Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). He was previously chair of judges for the  BCSE Industry Awards which recognised excellence and innovation in new school design.