Debra Kidd has worked in education for twenty five years, teaching children from the ages of 4 right through to post-graduate Master’s students. She trained initially as an English and Drama teacher in secondary before making her way into primary and has been an AST, Head of Department, Assistant Head and Senior Lecturer along that way. She has worked in both mainstream and special settings.
Debra is an Associate for the Royal Society of Arts and for Independent Thinking Ltd. She is an Artistic Director with the International Schools’ Theatre Association and has worked with young people creating theatre all over the world as well as delivering CPD programmes to IB teachers. She has also been involved in education in more disadvantaged areas including the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and is involved in education projects advocating for the rights of refugees.
She is the author of two books: ‘Teaching: Notes from the Frontline’ and ‘Becoming Mobius’ and a third , co-authored with Hywel Roberts – “Uncharted Territories: Great Adventures in Learning”. She has also contributed chapters to seven other books, is a regular columnist for Teach Primary and Teach Secondary and has written for The Guardian.
In 2014 Debra co-founded Northern Rocks – one of the largest teaching and learning conferences in the UK. She has a doctorate in Education, blogs regularly and believes more than anything else that the secret to great teaching is to “Make it Matter”.