Dr Nathan Fretwell joined Middlesex University in June 2016. Prior to that he taught at London Metropolitan University and the University of Essex. He has substantial experience of undertaking funded research and has previously worked as an educational researcher for the Institute for Policy Studies in Education. His research interests include philosophy of education, political philosophy, and sociologies of education, childhood, and the family, with a particular focus on relationships between families and schools, and the politics of family life. Nathan has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Nathan has expertise in:
BA (Hons) Philosophy, London Metropolitan University
PGCLTHE, London Metropolitan University
MA Philosophy, University of Essex
PhD Philosophy, University of Essex
Nathan teaches on the BA Education Studies, BA Early Childhood Studies, and MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies programmes. He has teaching specialisms in education and family policy; philosophy; sociology of education and social theory; and alternative education.
Nathan is currently Module Leader for:
Nathan would be interested to hear from any prospective research students wishing to undertake research in the following areas:
Current Research Students
Fretwell, N., Osgood, J., O'Toole, G. & Tsouroufli, M. (2018) Governing through trust: Community-based link workers and parental engagement in education. British Educational Research Journal DOI: 10.1002/berj.3478
Fretwell, N. (2012) Review Article: The Postanarchist Moment. Anarchist Studies, 20(2), pp. 101-105.
O’Toole, G. & Fretwell, N. (2016) Evaluation of the White British Achievement Pilot: Final Report. London: IPSE.
Fretwell, N., Sadza, A. & Paraskevopoulou, A. (2015) Project UNIVERSITARIA: Final Report and Evaluation. London: London Metropolitan University.
Fretwell, N. (2015) Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Policy: The English Context. London: London Metropolitan University.
Fretwell, N. (2014) Of Amilitants and Egoists, ‘The Unique One and Political Theory’ A One-Day Symposium on Max Stirner, Research Unit for Politics and Ethics (RUPE), Goldsmiths, University of London, 19th June.
Fretwell, Nathan (2020) The new educational pastorate: link workers, pastoral power and the pedagogicalisation of parenting. Genealogy , 4 (2). ISSN 2313-5778
Fretwell, Nathan (2020) Anarchist education and the paradox of pedagogical authority. Educational Philosophy and Theory , 52 (1). pp. 55-65. ISSN 0013-1857
Fretwell, Nathan and Osgood, Jayne and O'Toole, Gill and Tsouroufli, Maria (2018) Governing through trust: community-based link workers and parental engagement in education. British Educational Research Journal , 44 (6). pp. 1047-1063. ISSN 0141-1926
Nathan has undertaken research for a variety of different funding bodies, including local government departments, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and the European Commission.