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Deborah Niven

Deb Niven MA

Senior Lecturer English in Education


I am an academic adviser and lecturer on the Secondary English PGCE programme. My research interests include oracy teaching, peer-to-peer collaborative learning and the use dialogic approaches in the study of literary texts.


I have 18 years of classroom experience in Secondary English education and have worked in varied school contexts in both Rotherham and Sheffield. I continue to teach English part-time alongside my work for the Sheffield Institute of Education and work in a local Secondary school, teaching English Language and Literature to students across the 11-18 age range.


Sheffield Institute of Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject area:

  • PGCE Secondary Phase

Courses taught:

  • PGCE Secondary English

Modules taught:

  • Developing and Reflecting on Professional Practice
  • Developing and Reflecting on Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in English


Current research interests include language gap ideology and the role of vocabulary in the Secondary English curriculum.

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