Dr Graham Best

Dr Graham Best has worked as a teacher of English and Media at secondary schools in and around London for nearly 15 years. In that time he has worked at a variety of schools, been a head of year and an assistant head with responsibility for progress, behaviour and student well-being.

In 2005 he began studying part-time for an Education Doctorate at the prestigious Institute of Education (now part of UCL) where his reading, combined with his professional experience of supporting and developing young people, led him to an interest in Vertical Tutoring. From 2010-2011 he gave up work to focus on researching and writing his thesis 'Activities and Prosocial Behaviour in Vertical Tutor Groups'.

During this time he visited a number of schools, observed many vertical tutor groups (and some vertical subject lessons) and interviewed a great many students and staff. He also searched the internet, the British Library and university libraries for everything he could find that had ever been written about the subject of vertical tutoring. In 2012 he was awarded his doctorate in Education (EdD).

From 2014-2015, Dr Best was Lead Teacher Research at Sedgehill School in Lewisham, inner London, where he assisted with the school's introduction of VT by training staff, developing activities and evaluating the impact of the change.

He is currently teaching at Balcarras School in Cheltenham.