Professor Ted Wragg
Honorary Doctorate - 2006
Professor Ted Wragg was one of the UK's foremost authorities on education. His work has transformed classrooms and teaching styles across the world, and his legacy is one of a modernised and more effective UK education system.
He was perhaps best-known by the general public for his part on Channel 4’s The Unteachables, but in the education world he was known widely as a great educationalist, scholar, teacher, journalist and government advisor.
He authored more than 50 books on education, and was a frequent broadcaster on radio and television. His engaging and witty comment and analysis made him a popular contributor to a range of publications including the Times Educational Supplement, the Independent and the Guardian.
He was educated at Hunters Bar Primary School, and then King Edward VII Grammar School, in Sheffield.
Ted's research projects covered a diverse range of educational topics including classroom processes, teaching strategies, curriculum evaluation, appraising competence and incompetence, and performance-related pay.
He was the former President of the British Educational Research Association, adviser to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the attainments of school-leavers, chairman of the Educational Broadcasting Council of the UK, and was a member of the Board of Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for six years.
Sadly, Professor Wragg died suddenly last year. His honorary degree was conferred posthumously and received by his son, Christopher Wragg.