Andrew Seber

I matriculated in 1969 and read biochemistry at Hertford College, leaving in 1973.

Following a period of research at York University I went into teaching in comprehensive schools in Leeds and London, gaining my PGCE (London, distinction 1977) by part-time study.

From 1979 to 1998 I held a number of education officer posts in London, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire.  Following a period of secondment to head up the education service in Portsmouth I was appointed County Education Officer for Hampshire from 1998 until I retired in 2005. I then worked as a consultant with a number of education authorities and the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) until recently when I decided to wind up my company (ASL). I was also a member of the governing council for NCSL, chairing their strategy committee and representing them at the board of the Training and Development Agency (TDA).

I was national president of ConFed, the society for chief and other education officers, from 2002 to 2004. I was awarded the CBE for services to education in 2004. Since my (second) retirement I have been serving on St John Ambulance’s Education Advisory Committee, the Winchester University of the Third Age Committee and teaching science also with U3A, revisiting my biochemical background with occasional seminars in Oxford.

I enjoy using my experience in the education service to support people who want to develop teachers and learners. At national and local levels I have worked with senior officials and politicians to find ways through the complexities of our education service to help children and those who teach them. I understand the joys and tribulations of committee work and the challenges facing the development of teachers and their leaders. The Oxford Education Society makes important contributions to national debates on policy and provides a focus for people who want to discuss ideas outside the routine professional routes.

I am interested in using my experience in national and local strategic planning for education across all age groups from early years to the “third age”. Teacher education, both initial and continuing, and leadership are among my particular interests.