Born and educated in Birmingham, David read English at
Cambridge, followed by a Doctorate in Philosophy at Oxford. He also
has a DLitt from the University of Birmingham. A founder member of
the Centre for Contemporary Studies,University of Birmingham, he
followed this by teaching in various inner-city secondary and
primary schools. His experience of being Headteacher of Grove
School, Handsworth for some 24 years is described in his book,
He has been a member of various government committees including
the Stevenson Commission on ICT and the Standards Task Force.
David has been a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and is
author of numerous academic articles on subjects ranging from
management to philosophy. He was founder of the late National
Primary Trust, and is a Trustee of the new National Education
He is an honorary Professor at the Universities of Birmingham
and Warwick, and an honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.
David is also currently vice-chair of the Heart of Birmingham
Teaching Health Trust. On occasion, he still teaches philosophy to
10-year-old inner city children.
David was the last person to be Knighted in the 20th
2012 Children's University