Voices in the Air

Making sense of policy and practice in education

Paperback / softback, 206 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
8 Sep 2016

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The expectations of education have never been higher: around the world, governments are re-shaping their education systems, transforming early years, schools and universities through far-reaching reform in curriculum, assessment, teaching, accountability and funding. As Director of the Institute of Education for five years of tumultuous change in education, Chris Husbands drew on research and knowledge about practice to set educational change into a wider context – unpicking the logic of reforms and analysing their likely impact. Voices in the Air brings together his journalism and policy commentary, and provides a wide-ranging account of the nature, shape and impact of policy reform in education.

  • Chris Husbands

    Professor Chris Husbands has been Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016. He was Director of the Institute of Education between 2011 and 2015, leading the merger of the IOE with UCL.

THEME 1: Home
THEME 2: City
THEME 3: Teaching
THEME 4: Curriculum
THEME 5: Assessment
THEME 6: Accountability
THEME 7: School Leadership
THEME 8: Society
THEME 9: Politics
THEME 10: World
THEME 11: Envoi

'This book is wonderful. It had me in tears – and hysterics.'

Laura McInerney, Editor, Schools Week

'Chris Husbands’ achievements with the IOE are world-recognized. Here uniquely he provides his contemporaries with a fascinating set of blogged think-pieces, retrospectively grouped into coherent themes. In doing so he provides an example of excellent leadership practice in how to use the new technologies to improve organizational communication, besides providing a body of evidence for future historians. Typically sharp and well informed, his blogs provide an example of how effective the form can be.'

Professor Sir Tim Brighouse, Norham Fellow, University of Oxford, and formerly Commissioner for London Schools

'Chris Husbands is in an excellent position to provide a commentary on recent events in the world of education. In this book, he does exactly that - not just bringing his academic knowledge to the task but humour, warmth and common sense. It is a source of information and analysis and a joy to read.'

Baroness Morris of Yardley,