Anthony Seldon
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"Sir Anthony Francis Seldon", , is a British schoolmaster and a contemporary historian, commentator and political author, known in part for his biographies of John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He is the 13th Master (headmaster) of Wellington College, Berkshire/Wellington College, one of Britain's prominent co-educational independent boarding schools. In 2009, he set up The Wellington Academy, the first state school to carry the name of its founding independent school. Before that, he was head of Brighton College. Seldon is the author or editor of over 35 books on contemporary history, politics and education, was the co-founder and first director of the Centre for Contemporary British History, is the co-founder of Action for Happiness, is a governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and is on the board a number of charities and educational bodies. He is also both honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street and a member of the First World War centenary#United Kingdom/First World War Centenary Culture Committee. Seldon was Knight Bachelor/knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to education and modern political history.

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For far too long UK schools have had a lop-sided curriculum in which the accent has been on academic intelligence rather than emotional intelligence.

This (teaching happiness) isn't just psycho-babble or mumbo-jumbo. When I heard that Harvard and Cambridge were taking it seriously, that this was something you could teach, I thought it was very interesting.