Professor Maurice Holt has provided the key thinking in the Slow Education movement. He launched it in 2002 in the US and in 2004 in Canada and Australia, where the new Blue Gum School in Canberra has been established on slow education principles. He was the first head of a pioneering comprehensive school in Hertfordshire, and has written widely on curriculum topics. He has taught maths in private and comprehensive schools in the UK, and began his career in chemical engineering research. He is a member of the Edwards Deming Association in the US.
Mike Grenier teaches English at Eton College as well as for the school’s summer schools for students from the state sector. Both experiences have left him feeling that the desire to deliver results has flattened education. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a governor at Reed’s School, which supports children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Joe Harrison-Greaves began in education as a musician, working with schools to develop creative approaches to learning. In 2011 he set up the Slow Education website. He now builds networks of schools which are developing approaches compatible with Slow Education.
Madeleine Holt founded the Meet the Parents social enterprise to encourage all parents to consider sending their children to good comprehensives in their community. She believes schools should enable children to think “outside the box”. She is a governor at both primary and secondary level, and was previously culture correspondent on BBC Newsnight.