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Dr Ian Cushing

Dr Ian Cushing
Lecturer in Education


I joined Brunel as a Lecturer in September 2019 after a post at University College London and the completion of my doctorate in Educational Linguistics.

My current research focuses on language policies in educational contexts, particularly in relation to racialised and classed language stigma and surveillance. I examine the ways in which standard language and raciolinguistic ideologies get transformed into policies and practices, and how these are constructed, negotiated and resisted by teachers and students. My work looks at how we might address these issues through the use of critical, sociolinguistic tools, culturally sustaining pedagogies and the use of children's literature as a vehicle for interrogating language stigma in schools.

My work has appeared in a range of journals across education, applied linguistics and language policy. I am currently preparing a monograph (Palgrave). This will apply a genealogical analysis to standard language ideologies and policies in England's schools, critiquing the notion of panlinguistic surveillance in which stigmatised language practices (talk, writing, gesture and other semiotic resources) are monitored and suppressed.

Most of my publications are open access.


  • BA Linguistics (University of Manchester)
  • MSc Phonetics (University College London)
  • PGCE English (University College London)
  • PhD Educational Linguistics (Aston University)

Newest selected publications

Cushing, I. (Accepted) 'Standards, Stigma, Surveillance: Language Policy in England's Schools'. Palgrave.


Cushing, I. and Snell, J. (Accepted) 'Prescriptivism in the classroom: policy, pedagogy and policing', in Beal, J., Lukač, M. and Straaijer, R. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Prescriptivism.. Routledge.

Book chapter

Cushing, I. (2021) 'Policy mechanisms of the standard language ideology in England’s education system'. Journal of Language Identity and Education, in press. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 1534-8458 Open Access Link

Journal article

Cushing, I. (2021) 'Language, discipline and ‘teaching like a champion’'. British Educational Research Journal, 47 (1). pp. 23 - 41. ISSN: 0141-1926 Open Access Link

Journal article

Cushing, I. (2020) 'Grammar tests, de facto policy and pedagogical coercion in England’s primary schools'. Language Policy. pp. 1 - 24. ISSN: 1568-4555 Open Access Link

Journal article
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