Peter Inson was born in 1947, grew up in Essex, trained as an agriculturalist before becoming a teacher of English. He taught in state schools in east London boroughs, in Lancaster and then was appointed head of a large comprehensive in West London where he introduced rugby and Latin. He is married with two grown up children.
In 1998 he left the state system and taught in independent schools for a year before leaving for Switzerland where he took charge of the English Department at Le Rosey, an international school. There he also helped his wife run a girls’ boarding house and wrote his first novel.
Back in the UK in 2004, he spent time teaching, in a prep-school and on-supply, supported six local families who home-schooled their eleven year-old children rather than send them to their local comp, and continued writing.
In recent years he has been a member of The St Giles in the Fields Educational Trust and Chairman of Churches together in Mersea.
1953-58 The Oaks Primary School, near Romford, Essex
1958-63 Wanstead CHS, Left at 16 with 7 GCE O-levels
1965-67 Writtle Agricultural College – National Diploma in Agriculture
1973 GCE O-level English Literature
1973-76 Brentwood College of Education – U. of Ldn. B.Ed (hons) 2/2 T.Cert – shortened course
1976-78 Inst of Ed U. of Ldn MA (Phil of Ed) part-time course
1978-82 U. of Ldn External (part-time student) BA (hons) English 2/1
1989 GCSE Latin
1963-65 Pre-college employment on farms
1967-73 Contract milking and pig-breeding
1975 Three months TEFL with Inlingua
1976-78 Abbs Cross School, Hornchurch
1979-80 Barking Abbey School
1980-88 Bishop Ward RC School, Dagenham
1988-95 Ripley St Thomas CE High School, Lancaster – Deputy Head
1995-98 Twyford CE High School, Ealing – Head
1998-99 “Temping” at Gayhurst Prep, Mill Hill, Merchant Taylors and Bell School of Languages
1999-2004 L’Institute de Rosey, Switzerland – Head of English
English language and literature at O-level, English Literature at A-level and English for the IB.
First novel, ‘dunno’ independently published – Arts Council Award
English textbook for Heinemann, for the IGCSE, published March 2011
Now producing a user’s manual for young adults who need to improve their literacy skills.
On education and related topics for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Express, The Independent and The Times Educational Supplement.
On other topics for The Tablet, Swiss News and The Famer’s Weekly.
Regular commentator about schools and young people on BBC Radio Essex.
Ten years – a regular column for local magazines
BBC Breakfast Show, News Channel, Sky News, Channel Five News, Teachers TV, Press TV, Guardian – Society, BBC Radio – London, Lancashire, Essex and Southern Counties, Oneword Radio, North Norfolk Radio, The Bay Radio, WRG (Geneva)
Talks and workshops in schools and bookshops
Schools in US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Palestine, Cuba and the Caribbean
Venezuela by boat in 1967 transporting ten brood mares
California in 1974, leading 200 European students on homestay
Spanish and French
Families, trust, young people, education and writing. Beekeeping, running (London Marathon 2003), railways, rugby, skiing and choral singing.