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James was a secondary school science teacher for 12 years, and has over 8 years’ experience in school leadership roles. He has an MA in Person-centred Education from the University of Sussex, and recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. James’s PhD is an 8-year impact evaluation of Learning Skills, a whole-school approach to teaching and learning which led to sgnificant gains in academic learning outcomes, with acceelerated gains among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. James works part-time as Bespoke Programmes Leader in the Centre for Educational at the UCL Institute of Education, working with schools throughout the UK to improve outcomes for young people through evidence-informed research and implementation.

James is also an Associate of Oracy Cambridge, a study centre dedicated to promoting effective speaking and listening in schools and the wider society. James is a passionate advocate of practitioner research and implementation science, and often speaks at conferences on these topics. He is also the host of the Rethinking Education podcast, which features long-form conversations about how to reform education in an attempt to bring about a more harmonious, less hair-raising state of world affairs.