Appointments to professorships are made by Council, acting on the advice of a Professorial Appointments Board.
Professors of Education are required to deliver an inaugural lecture, which may also be combined with a separate College lecture. Professors are expected to contribute to the academic work of The College in some way; this includes writing articles for The College publication Education Today, conducting and supervising research in areas of interest to The College, mentoring of candidates for the FCOT, assisting in academic work of The College generally and representing The College overseas wherever possible.
Professors of The College, who have achieved a great deal in their own field, feel that The College enables them to have an alternative platform from which they can usefully speak.
Our current Professors are as follows:
Professor Raphael Wilkins, The College's President and is also Pro-Director (International Consultancy and Knowledge Transfer) at the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London, and Director of International Affairs in the IOE’s London Centre for Leadership in Learning.
He began his career as a teacher of geography and humanities in Bromley before moving into local authority educational administration. Raphael held education officer appointments in Sutton, Newham and Kingston where he was head of further and higher education, before working full-time for the House of Commons Select Committee for Education, Science and the Arts. He then became Education Officer of the Association of London Authorities. In 1988 Raphael returned to the London Borough of Sutton in a Chief Officer role, which he combined with a role as Chair of the Children’s Services Joint Strategy Board and with external engagements including a visiting fellowship at IOE, parliamentary consultancy for the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, and a secondment to the Department for Education and Employment. In 1997 he was appointed Director of Education in Thurrock, where he established the new unitary authority, and created the Chafford Hundred Campus (‘Britain’s most innovative school’ – TES).
In 2001 he moved on to pursue his own research and writing, and other educational interests which included serving as Education Policy Adviser to the Local Government Association, Board Director of the National Foundation for Educational Research, Chief Executive of the Association of National Specialist Colleges, and consultancies with national bodies, local authorities and universities. He joined the IOE in 2006 where he has managed a wide range of leadership development projects and programmes in the UK and internationally, including in India, Pakistan, Singapore, China, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Southern Sudan. Raphael has published over 50 articles and research reports, and has presented papers or keynotes at education conferences in Britain, Denmark, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Canada, USA and China. He has had a long association with the College of Teachers, including leading its development project for teaching assistants funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and its involvement with the Government’s Chartered London Teacher Scheme.
Professor David Hawker served as Director General for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills for the Welsh Assembly Government (2008-2010) and as Director General for Arms Length Body Reform in the Department of Education (2010-2011). He now runs Hawker Associates, a strategic international education consultancy with clients in Russia, central Asia and Eastern Europe, as well as the UK.
Prior to joining the civil service in 2008, Professor Hawker was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Children’s Services at Westminster City Council (2007-2008), following eight years (1999-2007) as Director of Education, then Director of Children’s Services in Brighton & Hove. In Brighton & Hove he set up one of the first fully integrated Children’s Trusts in the country and served for two years as Chair of the Association of Directors of Education and Children’s Services.
From 1992-9 he worked for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and its predecessors, as Assistant Chief Executive in charge of the national school testing and assessment system 5-14, early years and curriculum support.
David started his career as a secondary modern languages teacher in the Midlands in the 1970s, before moving into examinations administration and local authority advisory work.
He has worked as an advisor to the OECD, the European Community, the World Bank and the British Council on educational systems development, and quality and evaluation issues. He currently sits on the General Education Sub-Board for the Open Society Foundations (funded by George Soros), which sponsors education programmes in around 30 countries worldwide.
Professor Derek Bell is a consultant with Campunala Consulting. Prior to this he was Head of Education at the Wellcome Trust and previously Cheif Executive for the ASE.
Derek has extensive experience in teaching and education issues including teacher education, higher education, subject leadership in schools, research, project management and network development.
He has taught in schools and higher education institutions and been involved in science education research and development, including the coordination of a major curriculum project. In addition he has undertaken a wide range of consultancies in the UK and overseas and is a member of several advisory / expert panels including the STEM High Level Strategy Group, National Co-ordinators Group for the National Network of Science Learning Centres, the WISE National Co-ordinating Committee and the Astra-Zeneca Science Education Forum. From 2002-2004 Derek was Chair of the Wellcome Trust Society Awards Panel. He is also a member of the Board of the Science Council, the Engineering Technology Board (ETB) and STEMNET. He was awarded his professorship by The College of Teachers in July 2007.
Professor Rosemary Sage is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, Psychologist and teacher with experience in health and education fields. For the past 20 years she has worked in higher education both in London and Leicester and was made Professor of Communication in Education at Liverpool Hope University in 2007. She is also long-standing Visiting Professor at the Women’s University, Nara, Japan and has been Visiting Professor at the University of Havana. Rosemary is a Trustee for both the Association for Speech Impaired Children and the Independent Panel for Education Advice; President of Human Communication International; Education Advisor to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists; Member of the Research Committee of the British Stammering Association and a Member of Sir Michael Rutter’s Advisory Committee on Language Research.
Graham has an extensive career of senior leadership of local authorities and schools. This has included a range of roles in local authority leadership of school improvement, best practice and research, future schools development, leadership and management, and professional development. He taught for eighteen years and was deputy headteacher of a large comprehensive school. He has made a considerable contribution to the development of school-based practitioner enquiry and pioneered the concept of the Research Engaged School.
Graham has provided professional development and leadership consultancy throughout the UK and has a range of international experience, including establishing extensive teacher training and leadership development programmes in China. He has made a significant and sustained contribution to professional development thinking and practice and is editor of a number of journals, including Professional Development Today. He has written and published extensively on the issue of school and practitioner collaboration, and he is an External Facilitator to Teaching School Alliances in the Midlands and South. Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; the International Professional Development Association; the Chartered Management Institute; the Institute of Administrative Management and of the London Centre for Leadership and Learning.
He is an Associate of many universities and of the National Foundation for Educational Research, and is External Examiner for the educational leadership and management programmes at the University of Wales. He is also a Senior Member of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. Graham is currently a member for the Government’s Faith Schools Group.