Sir Peter Newsam was the Chief Education Officer ILEA 1975 –1981; Chairman of Commission for Racial Equality 1981 –1985; Director of Institute of Education 1989- 1994 and Chief Schools Adjudicator 1999 –2002. Sir Peter contributes a unique understanding of the issues involved in our project. He is a contemporary of many of the teachers we shall be interviewing. He has a shared background in English with an interest in the kinds of innovation we are seeking to investigate as well as experience of education policy making and change at the highest levels.
Gabrielle Cliff Hodges is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. A former Head of English at a comprehensive school in Cambridge, Ms Cliff Hodges contributes her knowledge of contemporary English teaching in the UK as well as long standing links with professional associations and networks, especially the National Association for the Teaching of English & the UK Literacy Association.
Dr Tony Burgess is Reader in Education at the Institute of Education. He is internationally regarded as among foremost writers on the history of English in education. He belongs to the ‘second generation’ of post-war curriculum innovators and knows many of our informants personally. Through his work in teacher training at the Institute of Education, he has gained an expert knowledge of English teaching in London schools.
Pat Kingwell was at Walworth Comprehensive School between 1961-1968, and has served as a governor on primary schools in Southwark. He has an interest in developing ways of disseminating the findings of the research project to former pupils, their families and the wider community. As a former librarian Pat also brings knowledge of archiving.
Professor Gary McCulloch is the Brian Simon Professor of History of Education at the Institute of Education. He is an internationally recognised leader in the field of research in the history of education, and an expert on comprehensive schooling. He advises the team on historical methods, particularly the handling of documentary evidence and related theoretical matters. He is currently leading the planning group for ‘Education, War and Peace’, a major international conference to be held in London in 2014.
Professor Ivor Goodson is Professor of Learning Theory in the School of Education, University of Brighton. He is an internationally acclaimed figure in the field of researching teachers’ lives. He is also a leading sociologist with a particular interest in teachers’ agency, curriculum innovation and social change. He contributes expert advice on methods of collecting and interpreting oral testimony.
Simon Gibbons lectures on PGCE courses at King’s College London. He taught for ten years as an English teacher and Head of Media Studies and English in London comprehensive schools. He contributes expertise on the history, significance and influence of the London Association for the Teaching of English on which he is currently undertaking PhD research.