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Speaker Biography

Peter Cobrin

Peter graduated as a mature student from the London School of Economics having previously worked as a journalist. He then entered teaching in 1981, spending thirteen years teaching history and politics first as a classroom teacher, then as head of department and sixth form. He pioneered innovative careers advisory programmes that focused especially on students looking for less academic careers routes, working closely with local and national employers.

During a career break in IT, Peter worked on several innovative education programmes including a ground-breaking scheme to transform the traditional processes of course and career selection for young people. He returned to education in 2003 and since then has been a leading figure working with schools, local authorities and major IT, design and construction companies in the previous Government’s Building Schools for the Future and Academies programme. He was particularly active in ensuring projects offered employment and training opportunities to young people.

He has been closely associated with the founders of notgoingtouni since 2003, and has played an advisory role throughout. Peter’s new role enables him to dedicate his time to what is a major area of concern to teenagers, parents, educators, employers and ministers - maximising the opportunities for every teenager to get the best possible start in the world of work.