Ralph Leighton
senior lecturer in education; course leader for PGCE Citizenship Education, Canterbury Christ Church University

Ralph Leighton has taught in high school, grammar school, further and higher education in Kent since 1981, and is a former GCSE Chief Examiner. Seconded to Canterbury Christ Church University to develop a pre-service course for Citizenship Education teachers in 2002, he has led the course since then.

He was a consultant to the Department for Children, Families and Schools (2007 – 2010) in developing a programme to enable teachers of other subjects to become teachers of citizenship education. Ralph was also a member of the working group which developed the Olympic Values Education Programme for the International Olympic Committee.

Ralph’s published research on citizenship education is wide-ranging, concerned with the nature of school provision of citizenship education and factors which influence teacher perceptions and delivery of citizenship, as well as the potential for social change which the subject presents. Ralph has spoken at a number of conferences in the UK and in Germany, Belgium, Poland, Portugal and Spain. He is also widely published in refereed journals and edited collections.

Ralph spends his spare time on Facebook, judging Debating Matters, and watching non-league football, but not simultaneously.