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Advisory Group

The project Advisory Group inputs into project design, content and delivery strategy. They bring to the project their expertise and wide experience in citizenship education across a wide range of schools and educational settings. They inform the project's development by advising on education policy and curriculum development, practical aspects of citizenship teaching including student assessment, and developing and evaluating teaching materials.

Our advisors and their areas of speciality are listed below:

Brenda East

Brenda East has over thirty years of teaching experience in secondary schools in the Northeast of the UK. Between 2007 and 2010, she worked as a Regional Subject Advisor for Citizenship. She continues to work as a Citizenship Consultant at King Edward VI High School in Morpeth and is an active member of the Association of Citizenship Teachers.

Dr Sam Mejias

Dr Sam Mejias is a researcher, consultant and project manager specialising in the fields of human rights, education and curriculum development, international development, and civil society monitoring and evaluation. Over the past decade he has worked in both the United Kingdom and USA developing, implementing and evaluating global human rights and education projects. His recent work includes the development of the Human Rights Friendly Schools project, Amnesty International's largest global human rights education initiative, and he has also worked in recent years as a consultant for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the British Institute of Human Rights, UNESCO UK, Plan International, and for the Institute of Education (supporting Lebanon's implementation of national citizenship education reform).

Professor Hugh Starkey

Professor Hugh Starkey is Professor in Education at the Institute of Education in London. He is a Programme Leader for the MA Citizenship and History Education. His research specialisation is education for democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC / HRE) developed in an intercultural perspective. He has also acted as a consultant on human rights education and intercultural education for the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the British Council. Additionally he has led major research and development projects funded by the European Commission.

Chris Waller

Chris Waller is a curriculum developer and teacher trainer. He is the Professional Officer for the Association for Citizenship Teaching, the national membership body. He has been responsible for the organisation's education work, membership development and membership support programme since 2004. With over twenty five years' teaching experience, he has provided leading support for citizenship educators, working with partners in government departments and local authorities to support the development of the subject. Since 2006 he has worked on and led international projects on civic education in Hungary, Russia, Kosovo and Lebanon.