Nathan Fretwell

Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies


Middlesex University

Sociology of Education, Education Policy, Family Policy, Philosophy of Education

Dr Nathan Fretwell specialises in research on the relationship between families, schools, and other state actors. He has expertise in the sociology of education, family sociology, and the philosophy of education. Nathan’s work is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and to exploring how family and education policy impacts disadvantaged groups in society. His current research centres on parental activism in education and the experiences of parents fighting for educational justice.

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  1. Fretwell, Nathan ORCID logoORCID: and Barker, John ORCID logoORCID: (2022) From active to activist parenting: educational struggle and the injuries of institutionalised misrecognition. In: Reinventing 'the family' in uncertain times: education, policy and social justice. Moreau, Marie-Pierre, Lee, Catherine and Okpokiri, Cynthia, eds. Bloomsbury, London. . [Book Section] (Accepted/In press)
  2. Fretwell, Nathan ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Between home and school: mobilising ‘hard to reach’ parents to engage with their children’s education. In: Educational Research for Social Justice: Evidence and Practice from the UK. Ross, Alistair, ed. Education Science, Evidence, and the Public Good, 1 . Springer International Publishing, pp. 97-116. ISBN 9783030625719, e-ISBN 9783030625726. [Book Section] (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-62572-6_5)
  3. Fretwell, Nathan ORCID logoORCID: (2020) The new educational pastorate: link workers, pastoral power and the pedagogicalisation of parenting. Genealogy, 4 (2) , 37. ISSN 2313-5778 [Article] (doi:10.3390/genealogy4020037)
  4. Fretwell, Nathan ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Anarchist education and the paradox of pedagogical authority. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 52 (1) . pp. 55-65. ISSN 0013-1857 [Article] (doi:10.1080/00131857.2019.1594196)
  5. Fretwell, Nathan ORCID logoORCID:, Osgood, Jayne ORCID logoORCID:, 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 [Article] (doi:10.1002/berj.3478)