Janet Lord is Head of Education for the faculty of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Janet has worked as a social sciences teacher and a lecturer in higher education for many years, specialising in education studies, teacher education and the social sciences. She has a doctorate in education from the University of Manchester; her thesis concerned the development of identity in teachers. She also has experience in school governance and educational consultancy. Janet’s research and writing concerns pedagogy, leadership, school and education funding, student experience and the nature of critical spaces in education.