Tim Brighouse

Professor Sir Tim Brighouse took his PGCE at the Oxford University Department of Education in 1961.

In those days PGCE students spent the Hilary term in far flung schools across the UK. His placement was Nottingham High Pavement School where among his pupils was Harold Shipman.

‘Not my greatest success – at least on the morality and values front’ says Tim. Since then, he has spent his entire career working in education. Most recently he has served as London Schools Commissioner, working to improve education in the Capital. Before that his career started in the classroom as a history teacher and Deputy Head in a community college and has taken in the role of Professor of Education at Keele University, as well as Chief Education Officer in both Oxfordshire and Birmingham Local Authorities. While he was Chief Education Officer for Oxfordshire, he played a key role in establishing the Oxford Internship Scheme. In his retirement he says he has learnt how not to be a workaholic and keeps comfortably busy with giving talks, writing, reading and resuming golf which he gave up 50 years ago as well as helping out with grandchildren.

See also http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/apr/24/schools.uk

Professor Brighouse delivered the first Oxford Education Society annual lecture ‘Decline and Fall: are state schools and unversities on the point of collapse?’ on Friday 16th of September 2011 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. You can download a copy of the lecture here.