About Robert Peal
This blog was active from 2012 to 2014. Though my current job precludes the joys of blogging, I do intend to re-enter the fray of edublogging someday.
My name is Robert Peal. I am a writer, a secondary school history teacher, and honorary education research fellow at the think tank Civitas. Most recently, I have edited a collection of essays entitled Changing Schools: Perspectives on five years of education reform, published on June 1, 2015. See here.
In 2014, I wrote Progressively Worse: the burden of bad ideas in British schools (published by Civitas). Progressively Worse is a history of progressive education from the 1960s to today, which explains its destructive legacy in British schools. You can order it on Amazon here. I have also written a report on Ofsted, entitled Playing the Game: the enduring influence of the preferred Ofsted teaching style. You can read it for free here.
I began this blog under the pseudonym Matthew Hunter in February 2012, whilst half way through my first year of teaching at an inner city secondary school. I have written on education for Standpoint magazine, Demos Quarterly, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, and have spoken at ResearchEd, the Battle of Ideas and the Sunday Times Festival of Education. The former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove commended my writing, describing me as “one of the brightest young voices in the education debate”.
- If you would like to contact Robert Peal, please get in touch via Twitter: @RobertPeal.