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Eddie Playfair has been principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) in East London since 2008 and was previously principal of Regent Sixth Form College in Leicester. He has taught in colleges and secondary schools – mostly in East London – for over 30 years.
NewVIc is a large, diverse and comprehensive 16-19 provider serving an economically disadvantaged part of East London.
Eddie was born in London, studied Biochemistry at university. He trained and worked as a secondary science teacher, making the move to Further Education when he joined Tower Hamlets College as Head of Science in 1996.
Eddie also had a 4 year spell as an elected councillor in the London Borough of Waltham Forest from 1986 to 1990, serving as Chair of the Education committee at a time when local authorities actually ran schools and colleges. At the age of 22 he stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate in the 1983 general election, safely avoiding a career in politics by finishing in 3rd place!
Eddie blogs on education, culture and politics. He is critical of the impact of marketization on the English education system and is an advocate of a National Education Service and a universal entitlement to a broad liberal education for all. He also writes about curriculum and education policy, citizenship and political education, equality and diversity.