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Speaker Biography

John Dunford

 John Dunford
John Dunford has been General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (formerly the Secondary Heads Association) since September 1998. The Association has over 13,000 members in secondary schools and colleges throughout the United Kingdom.

He read Mathematics and Economics at Nottingham University, where he was President of the Union in 1968-69. He has a doctorate from Durham University. He taught mathematics in schools in Nottingham, Sunderland and Durham before becoming Head of Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, an 11 - 18 school with 1500 pupils, in 1982.

John has written extensively on education and on the school curriculum, management and inspection. He was a member of the Councils of Durham and Nottingham Universities for 11 and 6 years respectively. He was a member of the Local Government Association's Commission on the Organisation of the School Year. He is on the Advisory Board of Teach First, a Trustee of Worldwide Volunteering and Council member of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.