Les Walton receives honorary Doctorate of Education

Life-long educationalist and AoEA Chair Les Walton received an honorary doctorate from Sunderland University at the winter Graduation ceremony, Thursday 1st December 2022.

Les, who lives in Jesmond, has been directly involved in almost all the significant changes in the education landscape, stretching back to the 1960s. His remarkable list of roles makes him one of the leading education advisers in the country, having directed many Government initiatives, and established numerous leading educational bodies.

Les is currently Executive Chair of the Association of Education Advisers (AoEA), and Visiting Professor at Sunderland University Education Department. We are proud to announce that this led to him receiving his Honorary Doctorate today. Commenting on the award, he said:

“I am so honoured to be presented with this award by Sir David Bell. I was particularly delighted to be amongst so many new graduates who are about to start their teaching careers.

“I have worked in the industry for over 60 years, and I am in love with the sight, the shape, and the sounds of education. The main thing leaders need to learn is that they need to keep on learning. That’s it!”

Les continues to radically influence the education system, and dedicate his work to all children, particularly those in the North-East, who he says, “deserve better.”