Voices in the Air
Making Sense of Policy and Practice in Education

Paper: 978 1 78277 178 4 / $32.95
Published: October 2016  

Publisher: UCL IOE Press
206 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
The expectations of education have never been higher: around the world, governments are re-shaping their education systems, transforming early years, schools and universities through far-reaching reform in curriculum, assessment, teaching, accountability and funding. As Director of the Institute of Education for five years of tumultuous change in education, Chris Husbands drew on research and knowledge about practice to set educational change into a wider context – unpicking the logic of reforms and analyzing their likely impact. Voices in the Air brings together his journalism and policy commentary, and provides a wide-ranging account of the nature, shape and impact of policy reform in education.

Table of Contents:
1. Home
2. City
3. Teaching
4. Curriculum
5. Assessment
6. Accountability
7. School Leadership
8. Society
9. Politics
10. World
11. Envoi

Reviews & Endorsements:
"This book is wonderful. It had me in tears – and hysterics."
- Laura McInerney, Editor, Schools Week
"Chris Husbands’ achievements with the IOE are world-recognized. Here uniquely he provides his contemporaries with a fascinating set of blogged think-pieces, retrospectively grouped into coherent themes. In doing so he provides an example of excellent leadership practice in how to use the new technologies to improve organizational communication, besides providing a body of evidence for future historians. Typically sharp and well informed, his blogs provide an example of how effective the form can be."
- Professor Sir Tim Brighouse, Norham Fellow, University of Oxford, and formerly Commissioner for London Schools