Steering Cognition is the principle global portal for the dissemination of research into the contribution of Steering Cognition to human society.

Steering Cognition has the potential to explain previously unquantified patterns of human behaviour which have significant consequences for human society.

Lead Researchers


Simon, the company’s CEO, is a cognitive scientist whose major work has involved pioneering the description of steering cognition, over the course of 17 years 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.

Simon 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.


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.


CAS Tracking

CAS Tracking improves student Cognitive Steering. Research shows English, Maths and Science subjects require good Cognitive Steering to achieve rounded academic success.

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AS Tracking

AS Tracking improves pupil self-regulation. Detecting poor self-regulation early can promote healthy pupil wellbeing and reduce mental health risks.

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Measuring the Mind

Measuring the Mind is a global schools’ research programme. The programme is building understanding of how to educate Steering Cognition capabilities not easily replicable by machines.

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