BiographyRichard Steward is an educational consultant with extensive experience as a teacher, head of department and headteacher. He graduated from the University of London with a degree in English and Latin before moving on to an M.A. and then a Ph.D. in twentieth century literature. He later gained an additional M.A. in children’s literature from the University of Roehampton. Having taught English, media, classics and drama for more than 30 years, he has undertaken leadership roles in a variety of schools. He has also taught at degree level with the Open University. He served as a head teacher for sixteen years guiding his school through two outstanding inspections and helping it to secure Teaching School and Maths Hub status.
In addition to headship, he has worked as a National Leader in Education, an inspector and a school improvement partner. He represented the South West on the Teaching School Council and regularly speaks at national conferences. He has undertaken research work with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and now writes for a number of education journals. He is the author of The Gradual Art of School Improvement which was published in 2019 and The Toxic Classroom published in 2020.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
English Literature, including Children's Literature
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