Andy Buck, founder, Leadership Matters, creator of the BASIC coaching method, and former teacher and head teacher
Publications like this are few and far between. I cannot remember the last time I read a book that so skilfully sets out its historical context in an analysis of our current educational landscape and its optimistic vision for the future. Tim Brighouse and Mick Waters have brought their trademark humanity, pragmatism and insight to a fascinating book that has the importance of teachers and teaching at its heart. Drawing on their unrivalled perspectives of our education system over the last 40 years, the authors have created a book that is full of fascinating anecdotes, illustrations and personal accounts that enrich the overall narrative beautifully.
The panel of witnesses is a veritable ‘who’s who’ in education over the last several decades, which is testament to the regard in which the authors are held. This has enabled a fascinating set of perspectives on the inner workings of government, with all its challenges, political machinations and surprises.
About Our Schools is a must-read for anyone working in education. You may not agree with everything, but it will certainly get you thinking.