About

I am Assistant Headteacher for CPD and Professional Mentoring at The Reach Free School in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. I am also a Head of House and teach Religious Education (RE) and sociology.

In addition to my work at the Reach, I am a Professional Development Lead with the Watford Partnership for Teacher Training (WPfTT), which I helped established. The WPfTT recruits and supports trainee and early career teachers in the Watford and Southwest Hertfordshire area. We now have 11 schools, over 150 trainees and early career teachers and run 132 training sessions a year at various locations.

I am  also a vice chair of governors at Cranborne Primary School in Potters Bar, a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Teaching Profession.

I have been a Specialist Leader of Education (focused on RE) with the Herts & Bucks Teaching Schools Alliance, the co-manager of the Herts & Bucks Challenge Partners Hub and a subject tutor for RE at the University of Hertfordshire.

I have authored Homework with Impact (Routledge, 2022) and Teaching Sociology Successfully (Routledge, 2017) and have contributed to Re-imagining Education in England (edited by Georgina Newman and Chris Waterman) (Iris Press, 2021). In addition to these books, I have written various articles for The Guardian, Huffpost, TES, RE Today, SecEd Magazine, Headteachers’ Update and EdChatUK.

Over the last 7 years I have written blogs for various organisations and thought I would re-post them all here. All blogs contain my own views and not necessarily the organisations I work for.

Twitter: @abowdenj