Meet the Authors

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker is a retired academic who spent many years teaching in the tertiary sector. She is the author of several books on children’s literacy, and the well-received The 11+ and 13+ Handbook.

Debra Price

Debra Price has taught Critical Thinking to secondary school students for over ten years, having formerly been Deputy Head and Head of Critical Thinking at Benenden School. As a passionate advocate of Critical Thinking Debra is now working to develop a wide-range of ‘critical thinking tool-box’ resources to help younger children develop strong thinking skills.

Debra was inspired to write ‘Aiming High’ by parents who asked for their own guide to Critical Thinking explaining how they could best help their children to become strong critical thinkers.

Today Debra is a director of Gresham Publishing, a Senior Advisor for RSAcademics and Education Consultant to Harrow International Schools Limited. Debra is married to Christopher and they live on the Isle of Wight.  She is a mother of two and loves to tend her vegetable garden, cook her own produce and travel. 

Jonathan Watts

Jonathan Watts is an educational consultant who spent 24 years as Head of History and Politics at Benenden School. Cora Saint runs the careers department at Benenden School and has formal training in careers guidance.

Julie Johnson

Julie originally trained as a nurse, moving into school nursing as she raised her family, then setting up her own business 25 years ago working as a consultant to schools in the area of wellbeing and personal, social, health education. She then trained as a systemic therapist, then as a psychotherapist working in schools or in private practice with children, adolescence and parents. She is author of a number of children’s books on issues such as bullying, anger and step families and has contributed to a number of Radio 4 productions e.g. ‘Bringing up Britain’, and a series on Cyber Bullying etc.

She is committed to informing, equipping, affirming and at times challenging parents as they attempt to do one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs of their lives.