Irena Barker

Writer and editor

Location icon United Kingdom

A journalist with 16 years' experience in news journalism, specialising in producing compelling content for print and online.

I write rigorously researched news articles, features and comment, with expertise in UK and international education.

I also write and edit content marketing, case studies, blogs, letters, speeches and promotional materials.

Get in touch at [email protected]



the Guardian
Knife crime: using the power of drill music to tackle gang culture

Like the rap duo Krept and Konan, Jinx Prowse, who runs the Music Fusion youth project in Hampshire, believes a police clampdown on drill music is not the answer to knife crime. "Gangs and their culture exist first. This then informs the music.

The Independent
How social media is keeping charity shop addiction alive

For me, the charity shop obsession started with velvet blazers. It was about 1994, I was 16 and I was desperate to complete my female Jarvis Cocker-in-a-floral skirt indie look. As a student, I went through a silly ornaments stage - the bigger and sillier the better: the mocking face of a drunk plaster of Paris pirate stared down at us in our student house for an entire year.



Mas & Pas
10 stress-free ways to get kids helping around the house - Mas & Pas

139 views Irena Barker Your little ones are too busy having fun to notice the mess. You're tired out from cleaning and tidying, but it's more than possible to get kids helping around the house, and enjoying it. Underpants on the light fittings, smelly socks under the sofa cushions, splashes of wee on the toilet seat.

the Guardian
Steamy secrets of my grandparents' private letters

After Chris and Bessie's deaths, Irena Barker's family opened a box of 500 love letters written while the second world war kept them apart. The couple held little back as they expressed their longing

Teachers in transition

Coming out as transgender is daunting for teachers, and can have tragic results. We look at what schools can do to help Pic: Nick Youngson

A radical rethink | ELgazette

School profile: One school at the sharp end of European immigration to the UK tells Irena Barker how it is supporting its many English language learners

TES magazine/online
The French connection

In these risk-averse times the traditional school foreign exchange trip is under threat

Print and online editing

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