'Any Questions' with Susan Young

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'Any Questions' is hosted by Susan Young — where BELMAS delegates get the chance to quiz our expert panel — returns at our 2015 Conference following two successful appearances at our 2014 and 2013 conferences.

Education journalist Susan Young chairs the session and is responsible for making sure we all enjoy a lively and thought-provoking discussion!

Susan is a freelance education journalist who works with BELMAS to publicise the conference and our other activities.

Susan, formerly assistant editor on the Times Educational Supplement, has been interested in educational leadership for more than a decade and writes a weekly blog and a magazine column for the National Association of Head Teachers. She also works for English UK, an organisation promoting English language teaching in accredited UK universities, colleges, private colleges and schools, and has worked on several national newspapers during her career.

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Our 2015 Panel


David Eddy Spicer

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David is Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, USA. Graduating from Harvard University in 1980, he returned to complete his EdD in Learning and Teaching in 2006 after an EdM in International educational development at Boston University in 1984. He was Assistant Director, Case Program and Research Director, WIDE World at Harvard before appointments at the University of Bath and the Institute of Education, London.

He has taught a wide variety of students, from teenagers in a rudimentary village secondary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to globally distributed networks of senior school leaders, engaged with carrying forward dramatic changes to teaching and learning in their well-resourced schools.


Robert Campbell

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Robert Campbell has worked in six different state comprehensive schools across four contrasting local authorities, including four years as Headteacher in a school in the North East before becoming Principal of Impington Village College in 2007. Robert is also a member of the National Executive of the NAHT, chairing the Secondary Committee, and has appeared in numerous local and national media. He is also one of the original members of the Headteachers’ Roundtable, the informal group of school leaders seeking to influence and change education policy.

Impington Village College is an 11-18 school on the outskirts of Cambridge which has pioneered engagement with the International Baccalaureate Diploma for the past 22 years. In 2012, it converted to an Academy, with a Trust rooted in its local community and faithful to its foundation as a village college true to the Henry Morris ideal.


Christine Wise

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Christine’s research and teaching interest is in leadership and management in education. She is currently Head of the Department of Education at the Open University and responsible for the leadership and management of a large number of academic colleagues thus having the opportunity to try and practice what she preaches!

She taught Maths at secondary level after taking her first degree. A later move into ICT led to a move into various middle leadership positions in school.

After completing her PhD at Leicester in 1999 she started the new millenium at The Open University under the guidance of Professor Ron Glatter. She has taught various subjects at a range of levels whilst at The Open University; remaining true to widening access at whatever level.


Paul Miller

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Paul Miller, PhD, is Reader in Education at Brunel University, London, where he is also Programme Leader for the MA Education. Prior to Brunel, he was Professor of Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Technology, Jamaica, (UTech), and Senior Lecturer in Education/Early Childhood Studies at Middlesex University.

Paul is on the Boards of the Institute for Educational Administration and Leadership – Jamaica (IEAL-J) and the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM).

He is joint interim editor of International Studies in Educational Administration, co-editor of Power and Education and an Associate Editor of Educational Management, Administration and Leadership (EMAL).

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