4 Leading Educationalists Supporting York Steiner School


The Board of Trustees has recruited four external educationalists who are giving valuable advice and support to the school.  James Pitt, one of the trustees holding the teaching and learning area of responsibility, welcomes people from outside the Steiner movement: “Our advisors can look at what we are doing and comment as critical friends.  As the school develops we are always seeking new perspectives, evaluating what we are doing and seeing how we can grow within our commitment to anthroposophical education.”  The advisor are:

Christine Anne Otter

Chris had wide experience as an industrial chemist, classroom teacher and subject lead and senior management in schools before joining the University of York.  There she was science PGCE co-ordinator and involved in curriculum development in the University of York’s Science Education Group. Her work on context-led science has been widely adopted internationally. Chris is currently completing her PhD which focuses on use of drama in developing understanding of science.

Professor Ian Davies

Ian is the author of numerous books (published by Routledge, Continuum, Sage and others) and many articles in academic journals most of which explore issues related to teaching and learning about contemporary society (with a particular focus on citizenship education).  He lectures and researches extensively in international contexts and he has been successful in attracting funding from a wide range of government and non-government agencies in the UK and elsewhere.  Ian teaches and supervises undergraduate, MA and PhD students and initial teacher education trainees.

Professor Dean Garratt

Until recently Dean has been Head of School of Education at the University of York St John.  After qualifying as a secondary teacher in 1993 he completed a PhD in the field of education before working in a variety of roles in HE for the last twenty years at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and at the University of Chester. His wide experience as a qualitative researcher and work with postgraduate students (both taught and research-focused) together provided the opportunity for him to undertake a secondment as Director of the Graduate School and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Chester before moving to York St John as Head of the School of Education.

Trudi Fitzhenry

Trudi has had a successful career in the primary classroom, leading to being head teacher at a local Primary School.  She is currently completing her Doctoral Research at the University of York St John where she has investigated issues of attachment, power and control in the primary classroom focused on meeting the needs of vulnerable children.  She is now focusing her research around the academisation of primary schools in England within a neoliberal context.

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