The STEER company


Dr Simon Walker

DProf, MTh, MA Oxon, BTh, MBPsS

Simon is company CEO and an applied cognitive biologist whose major work has involved pioneering the description of steering cognition, over the course of 17 years applied research from 1999. Simon has been engaged as a consultant to improve the steering cognition in leaders of large organisations, including Accenture, KPMG, PWC, government and charitable sector organisations. He leads STEER'S research programme into steering cognition.

imon has written numerous books and papers including an influential trilogy on the effects of steering cognition biases in leadership. His undergraduate studies at Oxford University were in Biological Science. He also holds MTh and BTh degrees. His doctorate was awarded for his contribution to professional fields of leadership & education. He is an Honorary Fellow at Bristol Graduate School of Education, an accredited executive coach and a qualified member of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Jo Walker, CSO

DProf, BA Hons, QTS, Adv Exec Diploma

Jo is CSO and the author of AS Tracking and the Footprints curriculum. She left a 25 year OFSTED outstanding teaching and advisory career in the state sector to found STEER Education in 2010 with Dr Simon Walker.

She was an academic deputy head in a large inner city state school and before that, an award-winning BESD advisor. She has worked as a consultant to many secondary and primary, day and boarding schools. She holds a BA in English and a Prof Dip in Executive Coaching. Her doctorate was awarded for her pioneering contribution, by her development of AS Tracking, to the professional field of adolescent self-regulation in education.


Central to STEER is a team of talented ex-teachers who support schools adopting AS Tracking. Our full-time consultants typically joined STEER from senior pastoral positions within schools, after long careers. They bring deep expertise in the profession, understanding of schools and most importantly, the wisdom of mature judgement.

STEER employs a team of full time developers who are continuously building our growing range of steering platforms & applications. We develop across browser, device and in app with a focus on intuitive, fast and powerful UIs, analytics and user-tools, within an elegant, coherent inter-operable enviromment.

Customer support for IT integration is provided by an exceptional and responsive service team. We are continously developing improved IT integrations with user platforms.

We employ specialist data scientists to build powerful data analytics to curate & interrorgate our data and improve our algorithms. We publish our data findings through various channels with the aim to be a 'thought leader' in the space of mental health and learning based on robust, quantitative primary data.

Our data governance team successfully designed and executed a strategic plan for GDPR starting 12 months ahead of time. We are constantly improving our data security and governance in an environment of online threat and change.

Our UK-based team to manage and deliver exceptional training and operational support for client schools, through both online and in-school courses. To date more than 1,000 teachers have attended 1 day courses in the UK.

We employ psychologists and medical clinicians to lead on the technical development of our pastoral care & learning tools. Our team provides rigorous design, training, responsible application, supervision and review for our practices.

AS Tracking in the news

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Dr Jo Walker, Director of STEER and co-founder of the newly-launched Steering Parents website, explains how parents can steer their children to a happy, healthy state of mind in Independent School Parent Magazine.Read the full article
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
AS Tracking gained media attention in recent national press. Principals of the Thomas’s London Day Schools Ben and Tobyn Thomas were amongst the first educators in the country to launch AS Tracking and the Footprints curriculum. With a vision of tracking a child’s emotional development as rigo...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Independent Schools Magazine features a full page article on the experience of one school using AS Tracking to move pastoral care successfully from the reactive to the proactive.Read the full article