Professor Margaret Maden

My early professional years were in London, first as a Geography teacher in Brixton, then a College of Education lecturer. A four year break from London was as Deputy Head at Bicester School, Oxon. Then back to the inner city as Headteacher of Islington Green School followed by the Directorship of a new Islington 6th Form Centre, 1983-86.

A year as a Principal Officer (Tertiary Planning) in the ILEA led me to local authority work at Warwickshire County Council as Director of Education.

After early retirement, I took up a part-time post as the Director of the Centre for Successful Schools, Keele University, 1995-2003.

Alongside paid work, I was a member of the National Commission for Education. 1999-2002, an OECD Scrutineer/Adviser, Deputy Chair at The Basic Skills Agency and most recently, a governor of Peers School (now The Oxford Academy), Oxford.

From 2002 I have been a Trustee/Director at the Royal Opera House and a governor of the Royal Ballet School. London.


How the systems within which schools operate affect the work of teachers and pupils. eg: Local Authorities, OfSTED, Performance Tables etc. and their equivalents outside England.

  • 1999 Local Authority  Schools Inspection in Shropshire
  • 1997-99 Pupils’ use of textbooks,  Educational Publishers’ Council Annual Survey of  pupil attitudes to textbooks and other texts in schools.
  • 1998-9,Pupil participation; impact on learning (with Jean Ruddock, University of Cambridge)
  • 1998-9, Impact of OfSTED inspection process on schools (with Maurice Kogan, Brunel  University),
  • 2000 Local education systems; England and Midi Pyrenees, France
  • 2001 Successful Schools in disadvantaged areas; reviewing changes in eleven schools, 1995-2000.


  • Margaret Maden (1971) “The Teaching Profession and the Training of Teachers” Dear Lord James: A Critique of Teacher Education Tyrrell Burgess (ed.) Penguin
  • Margaret Maden (1971) “Young Teachers: Change or Absorption” Teachers for Tomorrow. Calthrop.K and Owens.G (ed.)
  • Margaret Maden (1993) “Dissolution in all but name” Education Answers Back. Chitty.C. & Simon.B (ed.) Lawrence & Wishart
  • Margaret Maden (1994) “The Enabling LEA: a Warwickshire case study” School Co-operation: New Forms of Local Governance Ransom.S.& Tomlinson.J.(ed.) Longman
  • Margaret Maden & Josh Hillman. (ed.) (1995) Success Against the Odds. National Commission on Education. Case studies of successful schools in disadvantaged settings .Routledge
  • Margaret Maden (1996) Arts and Education: Leading Practice, A  Report of an International Seminar, Bellagio, Italy . OECD
  • Margaret Maden (1997) “Curriculum Planning; some OECD lessons” Living Education, Mortimore and Little(ed.) Paul Chapman
  • Margaret Maden (1998)”Educational Government and Governance” Developing Education: Fifteen Years On Hunter.P.(ed.) Paul Chapman
  • Margaret Maden (1998)  School Improvement:The Role of LEA Inspectors and Advisers, Audit Commission.
  • Margaret Maden (1999), “Education Reform and Children” The State and Children Tunstill, J,(ed) Cassell
  • Maurice Kogan  and Margaret Maden (1999) The Impact of OfSTED on Schools, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation
  • Margaret Maden. Ed. (1999) Independent Review of East Sussex LEA, East Sussex C.C.
  • Margaret Maden  and Jean Rudduck (1999) Improving Learning: The Pupils’ Agenda. The Nuffield Foundation
  • Margaret Maden (2000) Shifting Gear – Changing Patterns of Educational Governance in Europe, Trentham Books
  • Margaret Maden,ed. (2001) Success Against the Odds – Five Years On, Falmer-Routledge
  • Margaret Maden (2005)” A Better Deal for 14-19 year olds“and “A Learner’s Charter”. Letters to the Prime Minister ,Ted Wragg (ed.) New Vision Group
Margaret Maden


  • Honorary Norham Fellow

Research groups

  • Teacher Education and Professional Learning

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