Teacher Education Exchange members currently work in English universities but have substantial professional experience in primary schools, secondary schools and further education colleges. As teachers, we specialised in English and languages, History, Geography, Religious Education, Design and Technology, and Computer Science and ICT. In schools, we held roles such as head of department or faculty, deputy head (vice principal) and headteacher. Nationally, we have also been elected to leadership positions in subject teaching associations and teacher unions.

In universities, our expertise lies in teacher education and development; urban education; education policy; equity and social justice; professional learning; educational leadership; and learning and teaching in classrooms. We have also held leadership positions in universities, including responsibility for quality assurance and accountability of teacher preparation programmes that have been regarded as positively life-changing by our students, highly effective by the schools with whom we collaborate, and as ‘outstanding’ by the inspectorate.

The founding members of Teacher Education Exchange

Viv Ellis is Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Development at King’s College, London.

Kenny Frederick was headteacher of George Green’s School in the east end of London for over 17 years and is currently a PhD student at Brunel University London.

Simon Gibbons is Head of Teacher Education at King’s College, London.

Ruth Heilbronn is Senior Lecturer in Education at the UCL Institute of Education.

Meg Maguire is Professor of the Sociology of Education at King’s College, London.

Ali Messer is Head of Secondary Initial Teacher Education at Roehampton University, London.

David Spendlove is Head of Teacher Education at the University of Manchester.

Keith Turvey is Principal Lecturer in Education at the University of Brighton.

We will announce new members and co-authors in early 2017.