Unfinished Business

The life and legacy of Sir Tim Brighouse - a tribute and a call to action

By: Mick Waters , Steve Munby , David Cameron


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PublishedFebruary 2025
Pages250 (est)
Size9.21 x 6.14inches

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Edited by David Cameron, Steve Munby and Mick Waters, Unfinished Business is both a tribute to Sir Tim Brighouse and a call to action based on Tim’s approaches, commitment and ideas.

The first part of the book celebrates Tim’s life and achievements. This includes contributions from his son Harry and longstanding colleagues and friends such as Bob Moon, David Woods and Jon Coles. These accounts provide a rounded picture of Tim and, in a sense, make the case for listening to him and commemorating him in action rather than simply celebrating his memory. This part also includes contributions from David Blunkett and Estelle Morris that underline Tim’s national status.

The second part of the book is forward-looking with contributions from close friends, career colleague, policy makers, politicians and the people that Tim thought made the most difference: teachers in schools. Contributors explore what we need to do now in order to continue Tim’s work in their particular area of expertise. Contributors include:

Mel AinscowDavid CarterSam FreedmanLucy KirkhamSteve Munby
Amjad AliLena CarterMichael FullanBridget KnightMary Myatt
Fiona Aubrey-SmithJulia CleverdonTony GallagherEmma KnightJames Nottingham
Kenneth BarkerJon ColesChristine GilbertJim KnightAlison Peacock
David BellKevan CollinsIan GilbertPriya LakhaniHywel Roberts
Melissa BennEllie CostelloTy GoldingBill LucasLiz Robinson
Louise BlackburnLeora CruddasMark GrundyJames MannionAnthony Seldon
David BlunkettBen DavisAndy HargreavesRachel McFarlaneRachel Sylvester
Adam BoxerColin DiamondJohn HattieLaura McInerneyMick Walker
Harry BrighouseGraham DonaldsonLouise HaywardNiall McWilliamsMick Waters
Anna BushEd DorrellJaved KhanFiona MillarDavid Woods
David CameronMaggie FarrarDebra KiddBob Moon 
Rosemary Campbell StevensEvelyn FordeChris KilkennyEstelle Morris 

Suitable for all educators and readers interested in the future of education.

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Mick Waters

A former head teacher, Mick Waters works closely with teachers and leaders in schools, MATs and local authorities to support the development of teaching approaches and curriculum to ensure the best learning outcomes for children. For some years he was Director of Curriculum for England, based at the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA), and before that held the post of Chief Education Officer for the City of Manchester. He is also invited to work at a policy level with government in different parts of the world. 

Click here to listen in on Mick's podcast with Pivotal Education - 'Mick Waters on Centralisation, OFSTED and Brilliant Schools'.

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Steve Munby

Steve Munby has spent his whole career in education, first as a teacher and then as an adviser and inspector before moving into leadership. Between 2005 and 2017 he was chief executive first of the National College for School Leadership in England and then of Education Development Trust, an international education charity. He is now a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform.

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David Cameron

David Cameron has been a teacher, a senior manager in schools and in local authorities, most recently as Director of Children’s Services for Stirling Council. He was President of the Association of Directors of Education Scotland and has been centrally involved in virtually every major development in Scottish education over the last 40 years. More recently he has been an independent speaker and consultant working across the UK and internationally.


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