Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam I taught Religious Education in secondary schools in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. As well as leading RE departments, my work also involved working closely with trainee teachers, eventually leading to me being responsible for all teacher training and NQT induction work within the school.
I have worked at Sheffield Hallam since 2005 leading the Religious Education (RE) specialism within the Postgraduate Certificate in Education course. In this role I have developed the subject specific element of this course to prepare trainees in subject specific knowledge and pedagogy. My teaching and seminar work with students explores developments in the secondary RE curriculum, professional practice in RE and critical reflection in the subject. I maintain my interest in my own subject area through contributing to broader RE networks both regionally and nationally.
Within the programme I also oversee all of our humanities and social sciences PGCE provision. I support part-time and seconded subject specialist tutors in History, Geography, Citizenship & PSHE, and Social Sciences, overseeing the day to day running of these programmes and offering additional support to students on these courses as required.
I am also contribute to the general education elements of the secondary PGCE programme. I have helped to develop a programme of study followed by all secondary postgraduate trainees. As part of this I deliver lectures and develop seminar materials for secondary trainees from all subject areas.
I am also involved in other areas of the work of the teacher education department. I am the RE subject lead for both our undergraduate and postgraduate primary RE provision and I work with Teach First on their secondary RE course. I also have a diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools (Practitioner Status) and teach our Trauma Informed short course to teacher education students across all phases.
Secondary RE provision and collaborative working across HEIs to secure strong subject ITE provision. The place of subject specialism and pedagogy within ITE programmes.