Sir Tim Brighouse
Areas of educational interest: I have a passionate belief that schools can do even better through understanding the lessons of School Effectiveness and School Improvement research. I have spent most of my career focusing on that and developing teachers. We are at a crucial moment where that knowledge – school improvement and teaching – is supplemented by better knowledge of how the brain develops and better theories of how the mind works. Couple that to the expanding use and usefulness of ICT and we ought to witness a step change in what our schools can achieve.
Why I’m involved in EFF: It provides a quick way to meet and discuss with experts I would never otherwise meet. I expect to learn a lot.
Born in Leicestershire (1940), Sir Tim Brighouse was brought up there and in East Anglia. He attended state schools and took a degree in modern history from Oxford, where he trained to be a teacher. He then taught in grammar (Derbyshire) and secondary modern (South Wales) schools before starting a career in educational administration in Monmouthshire.
After spells with Buckinghamshire County Council and the Association of County Councils, Sir Tim became Deputy Education Officer (I.L.E.A) and Chief Education Officer, first in Oxfordshire (1978–1989) and then in Birmingham (1993–2002) with a period in between when he was Professor of Education at Keele University.
Sir Tim’s last full-time post was Commissioner and then Chief Adviser for London Schools (2002–2007). In 2002, he became a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Sir Tim Brighouse has written books on education, broadcast and spoken at local, national and international conferences. He has honorary degrees from a number of British universities and is married with children and grandchildren. He supports Oxford United, reads and plays golf badly.