Former Woodroffe headmaster publishes new book

Former Woodroffe School headteacher Dr Richard Steward

SINCE taking early retirement from his post as headteacher of The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, Dr. Richard Steward has been busy.

This month sees the publication of The Toxic Classroom, a book which offers a powerful critique of the state of the education system today.

It explores in detail the pressures children experience as a result of constant change, digital technology and political interference. It is aimed both at educational professionals and the general reader.

This is Dr. Steward’s second book. The first, The Gradual Art of School Improvement, was published last year and was inspired by his 16 years as headteacher of what was widely regarded as one of the best schools in the West Country.

Also in the pipeline is a third book, A Guide to the Curriculum for Middle Leaders, due to be published in December. All three books are published by Routledge and widely available.

Dr. Steward, who retired in 2019, led The Woodroffe School through two outstanding Ofsted inspections, a status the school still holds, enabling the school to become both a National Teaching School and a maths hub.

He continues to be closely involved in education. In addition to his writing, he works as an educational consultant and as a tutor for the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

He also continues to pursue his ‘other life’ as a local jazz musician and is hoping that live music becomes possible again soon.

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