MANY colleagues, students and former pupils will have been greatly saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Rosalind Moger at the end of August while returning from a trip to Australia. Her loss will be felt acutely at the University of Greenwich where she had been director of secondary initial teacher training since last Easter, and at the University of North London where she established a successful course in secondary English and media education.
Ros Moger's kindness, generosity and supportive friendship brought out the best in all who met her or worked with her. Her contribution to English teaching and to secondary and higher education has been enormous, from her early years as an inspirational teacher at Countesthorpe in Leicester and Kidbrooke school in south-east London, and her years as an advisory teacher and at the English amp; Media Centre with the Inner London Education Authority. Her published contributions were ahead of their time in raising awareness of gender issues in English teaching. She was also among the first to voice concerns about the needs of boys in English and literacy.
She maintained these interests when she returned to teaching at Plumstead Manor school as a senior teacher and later as deputy headteacher at South Camden community school.
Her quiet and effective development work in dozens of areas includes the framing of GCSE syllabuses of the London group, for the National Association of the Teaching of English.
Her recent work has been on the emotional factors which affect teaching and learning. Articles arising from this will appear later this autumn.
A celebration of Ros Moger's life will be held at Stoke Newington town hall, London, October 27 at 5pm. Details available from NATE, on 0114 255 5419, or natehq@ btconnect.com