Christine Counsell

Christine Counsell

Director of Education, Inspiration Trust

Christine taught history in state comprehensive schools, in Gloucestershire and Bristol, for 10 years, holding positions as head of department, head of faculty, deputy headteacher and local authority adviser for primary and secondary history.  After running a school-centred initial teacher training programme (secondary history) for Gloucestershire’s headteachers (GASH) and lecturing in Key Stage 1 history education at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, she was appointed Senior Lecturer in history education at the University of Cambridge in 1997. There she built a history PGCE course in which subject mentors took substantial responsibility for the scholarly content of the course, and engaged in extensive reading of research, with their trainees, as a routine part of weekly practical, school-based training.  She also led course-wide new mentor training, building new connection between subject-specific and generic mentor training, and new models of advanced mentor training. Christine has carried out extensive national and international work on curriculum policy and teacher education.  She has advised on curriculum and training issues and worked with teachers, scholars and policy-makers in America, Australia, Singapore, Europe and the Middle East. Specialising in the development of history teachers and history curricula in post-conflict zones, she has a long record of work in Cyprus and Lebanon. Editor of the journal Teaching History, since 1998, Christine has also published widely, including academic works, practical guides and classroom resources.  Her most recent published work is an edited collection with Arthur Chapman and Katharine Burn, Masterclass in History Education (Bloomsbury, 2016). In 2016, she served on the DfE’s Workload Challenge group, contributing to one of its three reports (Planning and Resources).  Since October 2016, Christine has been Director of Education at the Inspiration Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust based in Norfolk.

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