David Winkley

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"Born and educated in Birmingham, David read English at Cambridge, followed by a Doctorate in Philosophy at Oxford. He also has a DLitt from the University of Birmingham. A founder member of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, University of Birmingham, he followed this by teaching in various inner-city secondary and primary schools. His experience of being Headteacher of Grove School, Handsworth for some 24 years is described in his book, Handsworth Revolution.

"He has been a member of various government committees including the Stevenson Commission on ICT and the Standards Task Force. David has been a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and is author of numerous academic articles on subjects ranging from management to philosophy. He was founder of the late National Primary Trust, and is a Trustee of the new National Education Trust. He is an honorary Professor at the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick, and an honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. David is also currently vice-chair of the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Health Trust. On occasion, he still teaches philosophy to 10-year-old inner city children. "[1]


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  1. Children's University David Winkley, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2013.