Mick Michell

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Mick Michell was educated in South Somerset and graduated from Aberystwyth University. He started his teaching career in Bristol and continued it in various parts of London, teaching for a total of 17 years and rising to be Deputy Headteacher of a large comprehensive school in the London Borough of Ealing. At this point his career took an unusual direction as he spent two years with the Science Support Team of the Inner London Education Authority, supporting struggling science departments. He then became Deputy Director, then Director of the Secondary Science Curriculum Review, a government-backed national curriculum development project which was responsible for ensuring that all pupils studied science until the age of 16 and was the forerunner of the National Curriculum in science.


In 1986 he joined Surrey, initially as Inspector for Science before becoming Secondary Inspector; a post he retained through various name changes until his eventual retirement in 2013.


During his time in Surrey he:


·  acted as senior science inspector for three years before becoming a secondary inspector;

·  acted as attached inspector/consultant/school improvement partner for a large number of primary and secondary schools in Surrey;

·  represented the Director of Education in the appointment of about 30 headteachers and more than 50 deputy and assistant headteachers;

·  led the OfSTED inspections of over 30 primary and secondary schools across the country;

·  until Surrey LEA decided to cease to bid for contracts for inspections, acted as the OfSTED Contractor for Surrey, pulling in typically £80,000 of business in a year;

·  was in great demand for his skills in lesson observation and feedback and trained hundreds of teachers in these aspects – in Surrey and beyond;

·  acted as an Eligibility Assessor for the NPQH;

·  ran Assessment Centres for prospective headteachers through Oxford Brookes University and the Association of School and College Leaders;

·  was a qualified assessor for Advanced Skills and Excellent teachers;

·  Trained Advanced Skills Governors in how to handle data;

·  led for the LEA in the presentation to the DfEE of performance data and was skilled in the explanation of such data.


Mick is currently a governor at Fullbrook School, having previously been Vice-Chair of Governors. He sits on the Education Committee of the Guildford Education Partnership and has been a member of the Executive Working Group of Kings College since that school’s OfSTEd inspection.


His publications include two science textbooks and many articles for publications on such themes as science education, leadership and management, the use of school data and primary-secondary liaison.


For relaxation Mick enjoys cookery and watching rugby and cricket – he is a member of Surrey CCC and of Richmond RFC. He is also a keen birdwatcher who has travelled to more than 30 countries chasing new species of bird. Recently much of his time has been spent looking after his 24 month-old twin grandchildren.