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Alan is a well respected international educational consultant and publisher, known for his high impact training and resources. His first degree was in archaeology. He later followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (with distinction) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Alan then worked as a primary school teacher and history co-ordinator in Oldham before becoming Head of Museum Education (Oldham) and then Head of Traveller Education (Oldham).

Alan then worked in a school for children with challenging behaviour before becoming English Adviser for Oldham L.E.A. At the same time he became Gifted & Talented co-ordinator for the same authority whilst also organising summer schools for Y6 pupils.

At this time (1996) Alan began to write the first of his many books for teachers and pupils as well as publishing articles in TES Primary magazine; Teaching Thinking magazine and a range of international journals. As well as running INSET for Oldham LEA, Alan also began to speak internationally on the subject of ‘developing writing skills’.

After two years working with Blackburn with Darwen LEA as a ‘Cross Phase Learning Consultant’ Alan set up two Limited Companies in 2001 –

1. Alan Peat Ltd – International educational INSET and consultancy.

2. Creative Educational Press Ltd – an international educational publishing house.

He continues as Director of both of these companies working with schools and organisations internationally.



Additionally Alan has researched and written books with a wider educational scope. These include:

1. Midwinter: A Collector’s Guide by Alan Peat (Paperback – Sep 1992)

Published by Cameron and Hollis – this was the first history of W.R. Midwinter Ltd (ceramic manufacturers, Stoke on Trent) and involved detailed research and interviews with major designers. The foreword was written by Sir Terence Conran.

2. David Whitehead Ltd.: Artist Designed Textiles 1952-1969 by Alan Peat (Paperback – Dec 1993)

Published by Oldham Museum and Gallery Education Service.

The only detailed history of a major British textile manufacturer. Alan lectured at the Victoria & Albert museum on the subject of this company’s textile design history and the book is still used in many University textile design courses. The foreword was also written by Sir Terence Conran.

3. Ancient Egypt: Key Stage 2 Activity Pack by Alan Peat & Brian Holmes (Paperback – Dec 1994)

Published by Oldham Museum and Gallery Education Service.

At the time of publication Alan was Head of Education at Oldham Museum and Gallery – the service was shortlisted for the Gulbenkian Award for the best educational work in a British museum in 1994.

4. Using Victorian and Edwardian Photographs and Related Documents: [Part 1]: A Key Stage 2 Resource Pack by Alan Peat and Lisa Blezard (Paperback – July 1994)

Published by Oldham Museum and Gallery Education Service.

5. The most Dismal Times: William Rowbottam’s Diary, 1787-99 (Paperback) Transcribed and annotated by Alan Peat (Paperback 1994)

Published by Oldham Museum and Gallery Education Service.

The first full transcript of a pivotal diary in English history – referenced in many academic texts including…

Poverty and Welfare in England, 1700-1850 (Manchester Studies in Modern History) by Steven King (Paperback – 28 Sep 2000) Excerpt – page 105: “… Kennedy, History of Leyton (London, privately published, 1894). 3 A. Peat (ed.), The most dismal times: William Rowbottoms diary 1787-99 (Oldham, Oldham Library …”

The Diary of Edmund Harrold, Wigmaker of Manchester 1712-5 by Craig Horner (Hardcover – 28 Nov 2008)

Making Sense of the Industrial Revolution: English Economy and Society 1700-1850 (Manchester Studies in Modern History) by Steven King and Geoffrey Timmins (Paperback – 26 April 2001)

6. John Tunnard: A Life and Catalogue of the Work by Alan Peat and Brian A. Whitton (Hardcover – 17 July 1997)

Published by Scolar Press (Now Ashgate publishing)

The first history and catalogue raisonne of a major English artist – co-authored with Professor Brian Whitton (Durham University) Alan also solved the coding system used on Tunnard’s paintings making this the standard reference work. It is quoted in all Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams etc sales and is a standard research book in university art history depts. and museums.

The original book was followed by,

7. John Tunnard: A Retrospective (Grey College Occasional Paper) by Brian A. Whitton and Alan Peat (Paperback – 29 Sep 2000)

8. Purbeck Pottery – a History and Collectors’ Guide, Alan Peat, Peter Freeman, Creative Educational Press Ltd [Jan 03, 2012]

9. Fix the Art and Life of Felix Kelly, Donald Bassett, Alan Peat, Brian A. Whitton, Creative Educational Press Limited; 2nd Revised edition [Sep 18, 2013]

In July 2010 Professor Whitton and Alan also contributed a chronology and essay to the catalogue for the first major exhibition and history of Tunnard’s work in 30 years (Pallant House Gallery, Chichester April – July 2010).

In addition to the above books Alan wrote both the foreword and a chapter for The Fine Art Society’s ‘A phoenix from the ashes: post-war British design’ (1988) as well as articles on ceramic design and history for ‘Antique Collector’ magazine. Over the last decade he has also become interested in the history of early recorded sound and has written an article on early recordings related to the sinking of the Titanic for the ‘City of London Gramophone and Phonograph Society’ magazine, a transcript of which can be read at www.clpgs.org.uk

Further publications include two collections of poetry for adults:

Regrouting the Bathroom in the Wrong Century (Crocus Books)

Electric Obituary (Redbeck Press)



Formal recognition of Alan’s research and writing includes a Fellowship of The Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.) in 2003 and more recently a Fellowship of the Historical Association (F.H.A.) ‘…in recognition of a significant contribution to the promotion and knowledge of history.’ (October 2010).

Over the last three years Alan has also moved into the field of app production for the educational market. The apps are now used in 88 countries and have been…

Number 1 (Education Charts) in UK, UAE, Trinidad and Tobago

Top 10 (Education Charts) in UK, Spain, Australia, NZ, UAE, Trinidad and Tobago, Ireland, Quatar.



Alan’s consultative work is broad ranging. Although his educational consultancy is UK-based Alan has worked internationally with both British International Schools; Armed Forces schools & American schools/academies. (Germany, Cyprus, Spain, Dubai, Italy, Jersey, Malaysia). His most recent projects have included work with all schools in Jersey (Primary & Secondary) on the subject of ‘Consistent Language Approaches’ & ‘Helping Gifted and Talented Writers’. In October 2016 he delivered workshops in Madrid (Council of British International Schools) on the theme of ‘Contextualised grammar’. In December 2016 he delivered two days of training at the ‘Pan Asian Schools Network’ in Kuala Lumpur (Developing fiction and non-fiction writing: whole school approaches). He has also been the British representative (Comenius Project) in Rome considering international approaches to Traveller Education.The international scope of Alan’s educational work has informed his approaches to both writing and reading development.

Alan can be contacted on 07789938923 or email [email protected]