Education Forum Spokespeople
The IoI Education Forum consists of lecturers, educationalists and teachers. Brief details of their interests are given below. Contact details are also given and they may be contacted directly by the press or anyone seeking an Education Forum speaker.
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Alka has worked in a variety of educational sectors since completing her PGCE (secondary English and Media Studies) at the Institute of Education. These include teaching English and Media in an inner city school in London; lecturing in Cultural Studies at the University of East London; teaching at an FE college in Scotland and tutoring at University of Glasgow. Currently she is teaching part time and researching for her PhD in Education at Cambridge. She is interested in the role of academic knowledge in education and, more broadly, why it is so difficult to argue for a liberal education today. Alka’s biography can be found here.
Phone: 0784 6232 140
Dennis is the convenor of the Education Forum. His areas of expertise are higher education, academic freedom and contemporary educational philosophy. Dennis' biography can he found here.
Phone: 07791 200 341
Shirley works in teacher education. She writes and researches on foreign languages in education and the training of teachers and is interested in the changing role of the teacher and the culture of schools. Shirley’s biography can be found here.
Phone: 0773 792 5853
Toby is a teacher of Film, Media and Communication Studies. He is particularly interested in the discussion of new technologies, young people and education. Currently he is developing a handbook on pedagogy with other Education Forum members. This will not provide educators with any useful teaching tips. It will not give even one example of 'best practice'. Rather, it will explain why managers and politicians have become so concerned with methods of instruction. It will also show how this misplaced concern undermines the autonomy that teachers need if they are to be an intellectual inspiration to the young. Toby's biography can be found here.
David has taught physics for over twenty years in state schools. He is a passionate defender of academic science education and was the author of the main essay in What is science education for? He is co-founder of The Physics Factory, a new national initiative to rejuvenate physics teaching in state schools. His website can be visited here.
Kevin is a teacher and is Head of Social Science. His special interests are politics, citizenship and the changing relationship between schools and families and assessment in schools. He has written articles on citizenship education for several journals and books. Kevin’s biography can he found here.
Phone: 0208 3610514
Alex lectures in human geography and coordinates the secondary education programmes in the School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University. He is currently researching how global thinking is being applied to the curriculum and how this changes the meaning of education. Alex’s biography can be found here.
Please contact Alex if you are interested in setting up an Education Forum in the USA (New York area).
Phone: 001 203 837 8454
Mark is a secondary school history teacher in south London. He is also an achievement co-ordinator (previously known as a Head of Year) for Year 10s and Head of Humanities. His area of expertise is educational policy in the UK with a particular focus on personalised learning and the impact of educational reforms on schools. Mark’s biography can he found here.
Phone: 07078 41733746