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Dr Ian Cushing

Dr Ian Cushing
Lecturer in Education


I joined Brunel in September 2019 after 3 years as a Teaching Fellow in English Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Literature at University College London. My research focuses on language/literacy policies in educational contexts (particulary in the area of language discrimination and language 'policing'). I examine the ways in which language policies are enacted in schools, in how these are perceived, negotiated, interpreted and resisted by teachers and students. I am particularly interested in how language/literacy policies can lead to the discrimination and stigmatisation of young people, and how we might address these issues through the use of critical, sociolinguistic tools.

If you are a teacher and would like access to my publications but do not have institutional access, please email me.


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

Newest selected publications

Cushing, I. (2020) 'Grammar tests, de facto policy and pedagogical coercion in England’s primary schools'. Language Policy, in press. pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1568-4555 Open Access Link

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Cushing, I. (2020) 'Policy mechanisms of the standard language ideology in England’s education system'. Journal of Language Identity and Education, in press. ISSN: 1532-7701 Open Access Link

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Cushing, I. (2020) 'Power, policing and language policy mechanisms in schools: a response to Hudson'. Language in Society, 49 (3). pp. 461 - 475. ISSN: 0047-4045 Open Access Link

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Cushing, I. (2020) '‘Say it like the Queen’: the standard language ideology and language policy making in English primary schools'. Language, Culture and Curriculum. pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0790-8318 Open Access Link

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Cushing, I. (2020) 'Language, discipline and ‘teaching like a champion’'. British Educational Research Journal. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 0141-1926 Open Access Link

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