Tide~ global learning is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and which is governed by a memorandum and articles of association.
A board of trustees of up to 20 members, who meet bi-monthly, administers the charity. There are sub-committees for co-ordination, projects policy and finance.
Margaret Barnfield, Chair Management Committee
I worked for Birmingham Education Authority for many years in a range of roles in Primary schools across the city, latterly as Headteacher. Even though I am now retired I maintain my interest in education by being a school Governor and my involvement in Tide~. In the early days this involvement was through a study visit and projects which developed teaching materials. Now I am on the management committee and recently have become Chair. I am committed to supporting the work of Tide~ which brings Teachers together, to widen their own understanding and to discuss innovative approaches to bringing global issues into the classroom. I also sit on the Executive Committee.
Gill Fox, Vice chair
Headteacher, Kings Norton Girls School, Birmingham
I have been involved with the organisation for the whole of my teaching career, and have benefited greatly both personally and professionally from the experience. Being involved has provided a constant source of inspiration and many opportunities to work with a wider network of professionals than I would normally come into contact with. Working on projects with other teachers, and through study visits, I have been able to appreciate alternative perspectives and draw on these in working with young people and adults on issues around development. As Headteacher I am able to support the growth of Tide~ principals and look for opportunities to share practice and enable involvement across a wide network of schools. I am currently Vice Chair and sit on the Executive Committee.
I am a retired teacher who has always been interested in active learning, talking to learn, the Early Years, and languages in and for learning. Diversity delights me. What is education for if not to increase options, broaden horizons and make this world an attractive and sustainable place for everyone?Tide~ makes teacher collaboration and co-operation possible, independently of prevailing State agendas. Tide~ shares teachers’ ideas as an outcome of creative thinking and classroom action.I got involved with the Development Education Centre in the mid-eighties. It was the international dimension and the consistent authenticity of materials and direct experience which coincided with my increasing professional interest in multicultural and antiracist education. I suppose that’s 20 years. But there are constant challenges to evaluate thinking and reaffirm relevance to evolving issues, personally and professionally.
I am currently undertaking consultancy work on school improvement. My previous post was as a School Improvement Adviser with a number of secondary schools and PRUs within Wolverhampton. I also had a responsibility for Citizenship and it is within this area that work with Tide~ has been particularly valuable. I have been the Chair of Tide~’s Management Committee for several years and am an unashamed devotee of the work it undertakes with teachers in developing the curriculum to take account of global issues and challenges.
I am currently working for the Global Learning Programme as a local advisor. Prior to that I was Headteacher of Hagley Primary School, a large  pupil school. Before that I was a senior lecturer at Worcester University and before that Headteacher of a small First School in Chaddesley Corbett. I have also taught for one year in Sydney, Australia. I have been involved with Tide~ for approximately 10 years. Interest in the global dimension and its importance in the curriculum has developed through long standing partnerships with schools in The Gambia and China.
My involvement with Tide~ began 18 years ago when I began my PGCE Geography course at Birmingham University. My tutor, RogerRobinson, involved student teachers in Tide~ activities and these continued throughout my teaching career at Cockshut Hill Technology College in Birmingham. I have contributed to a number of Tide~ publications – ‘City for people’, ‘Globalisation’ and most recently ‘What is development?’ which strengthened the global dimension within my geography teaching. As a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Wolverhampton LA I supported a range of foundation subject areas and have found Tide~ resources invaluable for stimulating debate with pupils and teachers alike.
Headteacher, Moseley School, Birmingham
I started teaching 1989. I taught in the Caribbean from 1991 to 1993 with VSO. On my return I undertook some research on technology teaching and development education. This led to a project with Tide~ and the publication ‘Changing Technology’. I have worked in a number of Birmingham schools since 1994, and have maintained my involvement in Tide~ serving many years as Treasurer and on the finance group.
I taught geography in a number of secondary schools across the West Midlands and became involved with Tide~ in the early-1980s. My initial interests in geography, development education and human rights education have evolved into the areas of education for democratic citizenship and global learning.
I have been involved within the education field for over twenty-five years, both as a teacher and trainer. I am particularly interested in the areas of social justice and equality, learning and teaching, Citizenship and PSHE and developing and nurturing professional development amongst fellow practitioners. I have been involved with Tide~ for over twenty years, this has ranged from personally accessing professional development opportunities to leading and co-ordinating curriculum projects.
I am a manager and fundraiser in the arts and charitable sectors, with significant experience in arts education, including nine years at renowned theatre in education company Big Brum. It was through my work there I came into contact with Tide~ and, working collaboratively with them on project proposals, came to respect and admire the work they do. I have since moved on from arts education but remain within the charitable sector, working on the development team of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I remain committed to supporting Tide~ and its values.
Kevin Harrison is co-opted to the Finance Advice Group.
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