Warwick Mansell is a freelance education journalist, specialising in investigating the examination and testing system and its implications for teaching.
Until December 2008, I was curriculum and testing correspondent for the Times Educational Supplement, where I had worked for the previous nine years. During this time, I reported on most aspects of England’s schooling system, from Ofsted to the politics of education, the foundation of the General Teaching Council and the teacher unions.
I started my career in 1995 as a general reporter with the Cambridge Evening News, going on to specialise in education at that newspaper from 1997 to 1999.
After a brief spell freelancing on the TES, The Times, The Independent and a financial newspaper, I joined the TES in December 1999 as a staff reporter.
Prior to that, I had an eclectic education. I attended a state primary, an American school in Egypt, a state comprehensive and an independent school before reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Wadham College, Oxford. I then gained a one-year postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from Cardiff University.
I was shortlisted for two awards in 2008, firstly as writer of the year (business media) in the annual PPA Magazines awards. Then, in October I was shortlisted for the Private Eye/Guardian Paul Foot awards for campaigning journalism.