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History and religious studies experts join Trust curriculum mission

Published on 17/05/17

Two leading teacher researcher-practitioners are to join the Inspiration Trust as it continues to build a UK-leading curriculum centre.

Dr Richard Kueh will join the trust as subject specialist leader for religious studies and philosophy, while Steve Mastin will take up a corresponding role focused on history.
Both are nationally and internationally recognised in their disciplines, and join a growing team of subject specialists at the trust.
They will lead development of curriculum across the charity's 13 schools, as well as taking up frontline teaching duties when they join in September. 
Dr Richard Kueh is currently head of religion, philosophy, and ethics at Cambourne Village College in Cambridgeshire, having previously taught at Perse Upper School, Comberton Village College, and Woodbridge School
He studied at Peterhouse, Homerton, Downing and Magdalene Colleges at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a starred first in theology and religious studies. He went on to study for the MPhil and PhD, researching the hermeneutical philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer and its impact on biblical reception history.
He has published widely, including on atonement theology, theodicy and biblical reception history in the field of theology.
When not teaching, Richard sings with Downing College chapel choir, and enjoys swimming, gardening and playing Brio and Lego with his two children.
Richard said: "I am excited to join the Inspiration Trust as a pioneering group of schools leading the way nationally in curriculum development, collaborative work and subject-based leadership. I look forward to working collaboratively with passionate and talented colleagues across the trust."
Steve Mastin is currently head of history and politics at Sawston Village College, Cambridgeshire.  Previous roles include teaching at The Leys School and advising on teacher training overseas in areas as diverse as Singapore and Kazakhstan, as well advising the Department of Education on the history curriculum in England. He has authored an A Level textbook and writes and speaks regularly on history teaching.
Aside from work Steve enjoys rugby and running, and visiting Italy, particularly his favourite city, Lucca.
Steve said: "I refuse to accept that because of social background or poverty pupils should not have access to the historical knowledge that empowers each one of us to enter the political discourse of the educated.
"All pupils, regardless of their starting point, should have access to teaching by high quality history specialists that secures a strong narrative from which they can draw upon story after story to construct well-supported arguments.
"The Inspiration Trust is in the vanguard of shaping educational policy and practice in this country I am honoured to have been asked to play my part."
Trust director of education Christine Counsell said: "These two terrific appointments continue our drive to develop something really special at the Inspiration Trust, building on the strong foundations already in place to create a curriculum and culture that will improve the life chances of thousands of children.
"Both Steve and Richard are true experts in their areas and I look forward to seeing them work with our passionate teaching staff across our schools."