Brian Trevor Gorwood Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Brian Trevor Gorwood

Director of Primary Education (Retired)
University of Hull

After 25 years as a lecturer, researcher and administrator at Hull University, Dr Brian Gorwood retired in 1995 as Director of Primary Education. Prior to his university career he had taught for 16 years in middle and secondary schools. His research into curriculum continuity and school transfer informed education authorities at national and local level at the time when the national curriculum was being developed.

Subjects: Education


Brian Gorwood was educated at Kingston High School, Hull, during the Second World War.   After national service in the RAF, he returned to higher education at Hull University and Sheffield City Training College.   He taught in Hull secondary schools for the next 12 years and when the LEA developed middle schools he transferred to the new system where he taught for a further 4 years.    Secondment to Hull University culminated in an MEd degree and later a PhD.   He was appointed to Hull University in 1971 with a brief to develop middle school courses for PGCE students.   He spent 24 years at the university where his responsibilities ranged from administering  courses for middle, secondary and primary school PGCE students to organising in-service training for teachers, some of whom he supervised for MEd and PHd degrees.  His research was focussed on issues relating to school transfer.   He also taught on courses the university developed in Gibraltar and The British Virgin Islands.   In 1990, Hull University was invited by the DES to develop courses for primary PGCE students and Brian Gorwood was appointed Director of Primary Education.   He retired in 1995.   Currently he lives in Lichfield where he is active as a volunteer at Lichfield Cathedral.


    University of Sheffield Certificate in Education 1954
    University of Hull Master of Education 1971
    University of Hull Doctor of Philosophy 1982

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Research into the development of middle schools with particular reference to the relationship between middle school experience and upper-school achievement.
    External examiner posts in the Universities of Wales, Leeds, Durham and Ulster

Personal Interests

    Classical music;  photography;  film-making;  theatre;  voluntary work.


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