Stephen J. Ball is Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Centre for Public Policy Research at King's College London. He is the editor of the Journal of Education Policy and the author of several books on education policy, including Politics and Policy Making in Education (1990), Education Reform (1994) and, with Sharon Gerwitz and Richard Bowe, Markets, Choice and Equity in Education (1995). He is currently researching choice of Post-16 and Higher Education and the consumption behaviours of young children.
Margaret Brown is Professor of Mathematics Education. She has directed or co-directed 18 research projects in the area of the learning and assessment of mathematics across the 5-16 age group, including wide-scale surveys and small-scale case studies. She has assisted with both the development and evaluation of the national curriculum and national assessment. More recently she has been a member of the National Numeracy Task Force.
Sally Brown is Professor of Education and Deputy Principal of Stirling University. She was formerly Director of the Scottish Council for Research in Education. She has researched and written extensively in a number of areas including science education, assessment and special educational needs.
Jill Duffield is Research Fellow in the Department of Education, Stirling University. She has worked as a researcher on a range of projects including an evaluation of modern languages teaching in primary schools, policy and provision for children with specific learning difficulties and factors associated with school effectiveness. She has published in the areas of special educational needs and school effectiveness.
Gerald Grace has been Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Catholic Education since 1996 and a Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Education, University of London. His research interests include the nature of school leadership in England, with special reference to the changing position of the headteacher and of school governors. He also has a research interest in urban education, catholic education, and in the changing work conditions of teachers. His many publications include School Leadership: Beyond Education Management and Teacher Supply and Teacher Quality: Issues for the 1990s.