Mick Waters

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"Professor Mick Waters works with schools in the West Midlands in raising standards. This work began as part of the Black Country Challenge and has continued through the University of Wolverhampton’s involvement with the development of Academies and Teaching Schools...Mick is an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers and a Trustee of the Children’s University which offers a range of learning opportunities beyond the school environment. Mick is a patron of the Values Trust which endeavours to promote values driven approaches to learning. He is also a patron of the Curriculum Foundation, which seeks to promote a voice for the power and potential of the whole curriculum.

"Previously, he worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as Director of Curriculum taking a leading role in helping schools to rethink their approach to curriculum design and influencing national policy on aspects of the national curriculum.

"Before joining QCA, Mick was Chief Education Officer for the City of Manchester. In a challenging education environment schools worked hard to break the cycle of urban deprivation, promoting a wide and rich curriculum and encouraging all learners to achieve as much as possible. Key agendas included the development of joint children’s services, the 14-19 strategy, the employment and skills dimension and configuring all this around Building Schools for the Future. Previously Mick worked in Birmingham Local Education Authority. He drove forward a school improvement agenda which saw increasing achievements and increasingly successful schools seeking new horizons in educational development. Mick has experience of headship in two schools and of working in teacher training.

"Mick believes in being close to teachers, children and schools, and is often to be found in the classroom working with children. He believes that learning should be treasured and valued and that it needs to be shaped to fit with children’s lives. He has written books on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and management, as well as making presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Mick’s new book, ‘Thinking Allowed on Schooling’ was published in March 2013. [1]


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  1. Whos who, , accessed March 4, 2015.