After graduating with a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, Elizabeth Holmes completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education, University of London. She then taught humanities and social sciences in schools in London, Oxfordshire and West Sussex, where her teaching experience included running the history department in a challenging comprehensive.
Elizabeth now writes primarily on education and health issues for a variety of national publications, websites and publishers. She has had well over 1000 magazine, newspaper and Internet features published and is often consulted by other writers for her opinion for inclusion in articles in the national media. Some of the publications where Elizabeth’s work has appeared include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Times Educational Supplement, The Guardian, The Independent, BBC.co.uk, Here’s Health, Family Circle, Babycare and Pregnancy, School Business Managers Magazine, CPD Update and ezine among many others.
Elizabeth’s books have been published by The Stationery Office, Kogan Page, Routledge, Element, Chrysalis (Vega), Schoolmanager.net, A&C Black and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. She has contributed to education debate on many BBC Radio stations as well as local radio and has written for and appeared on Teachers’ TV. Elizabeth also writes online professional development courses for teachers which are available from Optimus Professional Learning and Cambridge International Examinations . In addition, Elizabeth writes on continuing professional and personal development and learning for CPD Update and its associated ezine.
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As well as writing, Elizabeth appears at a wide range of national conferences speaking on many issues linked to professional learning for teachers and the well-being of school staff, children and young people. She also runs bespoke training and development sessions for schools and creative writing workshops for anyone interested in exploring their expression in the written word.
In her spare time, Elizabeth gained an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from the University of Sussex, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology from the University of Chichester. She is currently working towards a PhD, researching the interfaith dialogues of Thomas Merton. She also teaches an ethics module at the University of Chichester.
Elizabeth is a director of Life Squared. A not-for-profit organisation helping people to live happier, wiser and more meaningful lives within the pressure and complexity of the modern world. Find out more here.
Elizabeth is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), the Society of Authors, The International Thomas Merton Society and the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland.