Tim Brighouse

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Sir Timothy Robert Peter Brighouse (born 15 January 1940) is a British educator. He was the Schools Commissioner for London between 2002-2007, where he led the London Challenge.[1][2][3]


He was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and at Lowestoft County Grammar School and St Catherine's College, Oxford. He began his career as a schoolteacher, becoming a deputy head at twenty six.

In the early 1970s he worked for Buckinghamshire County Council's education department, and worked with Geoff Cooksey on plans for Stantonbury Campus, the first secondary school of Milton Keynes.[4]

Later he was Professor of Education at Keele University (1989–1993), and Chief Education Officer in both Oxfordshire (1978–1989) and Birmingham Local Authorities.

Whilst he was at Birmingham, he was described by Conservative Education Secretary John Patten as a "madman....wandering the streets, frightening the children". Brighouse sued and won substantial damages, which he donated to charity. He used some of it to set up the University of the First Age, to encourage out of hours activities to enrich school children's learning.[5][6]

In May 1997 Brighouse was awarded an honorary degree from the Open University as Doctor of the University.[citation needed]

Brighouse was a Non-Executive Director of RM plc the UK educational IT company.[7]

In July 2009 Brighouse was awarded an honorary degree from the Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln as Doctor of the University College.[citation needed]

Brighouse was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours.[8]


  1. ^ Wilby, Peter (2007-04-24). "London schools tsar Tim Brighouse retires". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  2. ^ ‘BRIGHOUSE, Sir Timothy Robert Peter’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 19 May 2013
  3. ^ "Professor Sir Tim Brighouse". Oxford University Department for Education. Oxford University. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Geoff Cooksey obituary". The Guardian. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Morrison, James (2006-08-03). "The University of the First Age: summer schools with a difference". The Independent. London: Independent News and Media. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  6. ^ Berliner, Wendy (2002-04-09). "A great crusade". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  7. ^ RM Directors' biographies
  8. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 1. 

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