Knighthood for uni professor

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THE Lord Kalms Professor of Education at the University of Buckingham, Chris Woodhead, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The honour, for services to education, comes hot on the heels of the university granting Prof Woodhead an honorary degree in May.

Born in 1946, Prof Woodhead was Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools in England from 1994 until 2000.

With Professor Anthony O’Hear, he established the department of education at the University of Buckingham in 2003, and they launched an innovative PGCE for trainees in the maintained and independent sector who were taught via distance learning.

The university’s M.Ed in Educational Leadership, which he set up three years ago, is based on the idea that the most important thing that head teachers do is to secure high-quality teaching and learning through the nurturing of high-quality teachers.

In 2004, Prof Woodhead became chairman of Cognita, a company that owns and runs independent schools, including Akeley Wood School.

Vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham Terence Kealey said in May: “The person who has done most to improve public education since the abolition of the grammar schools has been Chris Woodhead. When Jim Callaghan asked for a national debate on education, it was Chris Woodhead’s contribution that was the most germane.”