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Dr Ian Cushing

Dr Ian Cushing
Lecturer in Education


I joined Brunel as a Lecturer in Education 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 policy, educational linguistics and language policy. I am currently preparing a monograph (Palgrave, due 2022) entitled Standards, Stigma, Surveillance: Language Policy in England's Schools. 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. and Snell, J. (2021) 'The (white) ears of Ofsted: a raciolinguistic perspective on the listening practices of the schools inspectorate'. Language in Society, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0047-4045 Open Access Link

Journal article

Cushing, I. and Carter, A. (2021) 'Using Young Adult fiction to interrogate raciolinguistic ideologies in schools'. Literacy, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0034-0472 Open Access Link

Journal article

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
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