Former Head, IB Examiner for English and Writer
Peter grew up in Essex and trained as an agriculturalist before becoming a teacher of English and eventually headmaster of a comprehensive school in west London. Then for five years he taught at an international boarding school in Switzerland. Now lives back in Essex with his wife Jean and six bee hives. He enjoys skiing and singing but might be better known for his other talent, writing about education and young people in newspapers such as The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Express and The Independent or his appearances on the BBC Breakfast Show, Sky News, Channel Five, The Jeremy Vine Show, and Radio Essex. He is also the author of an award winning first novel, ‘dunno, which follows the struggles of a disaffected fifteen year-old to grow up. “dunno” is now being turned into a film. Peter is also the author of Heinemann’s ‘IGCSE for English Language’ and an unusual English user’s manual, aimed at adult illiteracy. His latest novel concerns a teenager who discovers his parents on an “adult” web site.
DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY
Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts
Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre
Find a list of all our previous championship events here.
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