Dr. Phillips gained his BA from the University of Reading, majoring in History, minor in Film & Drama. He then qualified as a UK state registered teacher, after finishing a PGCE in History and English in the 11-18 age range. He further completed an MA and PhD in History from the University of Winchester. He also holds a Diploma in TEFL.
Dr. Phillips has been teaching History and English both in the UK and at international schools abroad since 1988. He has taught UK National Curriculum Key Stage 3 History and English, English as a Foreign/Second Language up to Cambridge Proficiency level, GCSE/IGCSE History, A Level/IAL History and International Baccalaureate (IB) History. He is an IB History examiner.