Christine Counsell

Christine Counsell
  • Director of Education
  • Company: Inspiration Trust

Christine Counsell 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 in primary and secondary schools. After running a school-centred initial teacher training programme (secondary history) for Gloucestershire’s headteachers and lecturing in Key Stage 1 history education, she was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in 1997. There she built a history PGCE course which became renowned for its community of subject mentors who took substantial responsibility for the scholarly content of the course and engaged in extensive reading of research with their trainees. Christine has carried out wide-ranging national and international work on curriculum policy and teacher education, working with teachers, scholars and policy-makers in America, Australia, Singapore, Europe and the Middle East. Specialising in the teaching of history 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. 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.  She currently serves on Ofsted’s Curriculum Research Advisory Panel.