I am a Professor of Education at the University of Manchester where I have been Director of Initial Teacher Education and Head of the School of Education. My research interests are in teacher professional learning, social justice and mathematics education. I have served on the national committees of the Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers and the British Education Research Association. At St Barnabas Academy I am Chair of the Governors and I am linked to the mathematics subject area. I am also a governor at Trinity High School. I was born in Openshaw and started school at Elysian Street primary school (many many years ago!).