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22nd September 2017


On Voice of the North I discuss cycling, blokes' need for all the right gear - and the perils of Lycra. 


As BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson calls for a GCSE in Agriculture, I find the arguments in favour persuasive. But, since it's not included in the EBacc, it'll never happen. Shame. Click here to find the text which will link you to the Tes webpages.

My new occasional leadership guidance for SecEd begins with some advice on how to start the new school year - as you mean to go on! 




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Welcome to the website of

Bernard Trafford

MA (Oxon) MEd PhD (Birmingham) FRSA


Writer, educationist, musician


Dr Bernard Trafford is a prolific blogger and columnist, living (mostly) in Oxford. He is a founder-author of the blog-site Voice of the North while, in the educational sphere, he is in demand as a speaker, consultant/expert and as regular contributor to both the Tes and SecED: see the box to the left for his latest publications and links.

Currently developing a new phase in his life and career, he is now exploring both writing and speaking in a variety of new settings and media.


Over a period of 27 years he was Head of two schools, for nine years at  the Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and, before that, 18 at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Involved in education on a national scale, from 2007 to 2009 he was Chairman of HMC, the organisation of some 260 UK and international British-style independent schools that includes most of the best in the world.  He was involved for many years at Committee level in both HMC and the Association of School and College Leaders, ASCL. He has also advised both the UK government and the Council of Europe on citizenship and student voice. See Biography for more.


A musician by training, he has never stopped writing, arranging, directing, singing and playing: he has huge experience in the choral sphere and has written/arranged much music for the theatre. As a performer he loves above all to play the trumpet: orchestral, Baroque (piccolo) and traditional jazz - above all the latter (he'd really like to be a mixture of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Charlie Shavers!).

And the rest...

He fails to keep fit by running and loves walking in the hills of Northumberland where he and his wife, Katherine, have a cottage. Their two daughters are both teachers.

There's a considerable amount of material on the inner pages so, if you cannot immediately find some area of Bernard's work that you were expecting to see, please use the search facility, left.