joint chief executive, Education Media Centre; co-author Great Minds and How to Grow Them
Wendy Berliner is an award-winning education journalist who initially came to London to report for the Times Educational Supplement, which she subsequently edited. She’s been education correspondent of the Guardian, a news editor there and most recently editorial head of its 17 online professional networks – including the Guardian Teacher Network, which she launched, the Guardian Higher Education Network and Guardian Students. Her editorial team won the prestigious Content Team of the Year award in the 2016 British Media Awards. She’s also worked at the Independent where she set up and edited a weekly education section and higher education magazines for students and parents. She has had a career-long interest in education research and is now joint chief executive of the Education Media Centre, a charity that works to increase public understanding of research.
Wendy has always been intrigued why some children, particularly the disadvantaged, don’t do well at school and how to put that right, and has followed emerging research throughout her career. In 2011, she joined GEMS Education in Dubai as the world’s first parental engagement director, where she developed a programme with teachers and experts that successfully brought parents to the heart of the learning process. She has co-authored a book for parents on high performance learning published this summer. She is also co-author, with Deborah Eyre, of Great Minds and How to Grow Them (Routledge, 2017).
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