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John Bangs


Honorary Visiting Fellow

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  • PGCE (University of London)
  • BEd Special Education (South Bank University)
  • BA Fine Art (Reading University)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Education University of London
  • Honorary Norham Fellow, Department of Education, Oxford University

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John Bangs started his career as a teacher. He joined the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in 1990 as the officer responsible for special needs and for the English National Curriculum and its assessment. In 1993 he was appointed Assistant Secretary (Education/Equal Opportunities). His department covered all areas of education and equal opportunities policy.

He was responsible for the NUT's wide-ranging research programme. Research projects have included ground-breaking work on school self-evaluation, pupil behaviour, curriculum and assessment and the professional lives of teachers. He is responsible for drafting the NUT's education policy documents including "Bringing down the Barriers" and "A Good Local School for Every Community". He initiated and oversaw the NUT's teacher Professional Development Programme and was responsible for the NUT's policies on professional development. He was also responsible for the NUT's work with OECD.

Since leaving the NUT he has focused primarily on teacher policy and the interface between the teaching profession and government. He is senior consultant at Education International, focusing on OECD education policy-making and research. He is chair at the OECD Trade Union Advisory Committee’s Working Group on Education, Training and Employment Policy. This is linked with his work at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University enables him to be at the leading edge of international teacher policy development and the latest developments on education system comparators.

Academic Area/Links

Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network

Research Topics

  • Teacher policy and teacher leadership

Current Research Projects

  • 'Teacher Evaluation across OECD countries'- in partnership with OECD

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Selected Publications

Bangs, J. (2012) Raised voices are calling for respect. Times Educational Supplement. 21 September 2012. http://w

Bangs, J. (2012) English baccalaureate: another dog’s dinner of a plan for exam reform. The Guardian. 17 September 2012.

Bangs, J. (2012) Devolving power is simply short-sighted. Times Educational Supplement. 11 May 2012.

Bangs, J. , MacBeath, J. and Galton, M. (2010) Reinventing Schools, Reforming Teaching. From Political Visions to Classroom Reality. London: Routledge.

Bangs, J. (2010) Developing Teachers is the Only Way to Reform. Times Educational Supplement. 16 July 2010.

Bangs, J. (2009a) Whose incentives? Whose stimuli? Performance management in England. In: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. Evaluating and rewarding the quality of teachers: international practices. Paris: OECD Publishing, pp.103-119.