About Our Schools

Improving on previous best

By: Tim Brighouse , Mick Waters


Published: December 2021

Size: 248 x 185mm

Pages : 540 (est)

Format: Paperback

ISBN : 9781785835865

Availability: Forthcoming

Charts the development of education policy and practice since the late 1970s – and sets out what can be learned and built upon to make schools even more effective in the future.

Through revealing interviews with most of the main protagonists in education since the Ruskin speech of Jim Callaghan in 1976, including nearly all Secretaries of State,Sir Tim Brighouse and Mick Waters explore several revolutions in state education.

In doing so they extract what we can learn from the observations gleaned and assess where we should go from here to enable teachers and schools to raise the competence, learning and horizons of each and every one of their students, whatever their talents, challenges, advantages or problems.

Tim and Mick have both spent a lifetime in state-provided education – first as pupils, then as teachers, and finally in various leadership and policymaking positions, both in and out of schools. About Our Schools is born out of their shared love for education and their appreciation of how schooling can be a transformative element in the lives of children and young people.

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Tim Brighouse

Twice a chief education officer for ten years each in Oxfordshire and Birmingham and leader of the London Challenge, Tim Brighouse says he has learned from most of his many mistakes as a teacher, teacher educator and administrator. He believes in the power of teachers and schools to change the world for the better.

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Mick Waters

Mick Waters is best known as former Director of the Curriculum at the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) where he gained an heroic reputation amongst teachers whilst both consulting, advising and explaining the new curriculum; making it relevant and meaningful for professionals working directly with children and young people. A former Headteacher, Mick is passionate about the role of education in improving life chances for pupils and is still very much involved with teaching and learning. He is the President of the Curriculum Foundation and a charismatic speaker who pushes the boundaries to improve learning and make schools better. One of the UK's leading educational mentors brings you the book you have been waiting for!

Click here to listen in on Mick's podcast with Pivotal Education - 'Mick Waters on Centralisation, OFSTED and Brilliant Schools'.


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