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Mark Heaton

Mark Heaton BEd Hons. with QTS, MEd., PG Dip. Ed, SFHEA, JP

Principal Lecturer - Market and Recruitment Lead Teacher Education

Summary

I am a principal lecturer in Primary and Early Years at Sheffield Hallam University and Markets and Recruitment Lead for Teacher Education at the Sheffield Institute of Education. I teach extensively on both the undergraduate and post graduate primary and early year’s courses acting as a university link tutor for students on teaching placements. I am involved extensively in partnership working with schools and with School Direct and SCITT partners. Previously I taught for sixteen years in Sheffield and the USA, before Local Authority behaviour roles. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an External Examiner at the University of Brighton.

  • About

    I hold a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education, with QTS, from Edge Hill University and an MEd in ‘Special and Inclusive Education’ from the University of Sheffield. I have also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in ‘Reflective Practice in Leading in Behaviour and Attendance’ at the University of the West of England.

    I taught for many years in Sheffield primary schools, twice participating in the Fulbright Exchange Programme to the USA. In 2000 I joined the Support Teaching and Educational Psychology Service (STEPS) as a Behaviour Support Teacher and in 2004 became a Local Authority Behaviour and Attendance Senior Consultant. I played a significant role in the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme in Sheffield and led the DCSF’s National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance (NPSLBA) in Sheffield.

    In these roles and at Sheffield Hallam I have provided extensive support for primary schools with behaviour and attendance, which has included a focus on behaviour policies and systems and also on the emotional health and wellbeing of the whole school community.

    At Hallam I have taught across the primary curriculum, though with my experience in the area of behaviour and anti-bullying I have also worked with secondary students and academic staff across the University. With my commitment to inclusion and diversity I have been able to specialise in helping the students recognise the range of influences that affect the development, achievement and wellbeing of particular groups, in order that they might consider how their needs might be met. I have also focused on supporting students with creating well organised learning environments, with clear frameworks for discipline, based on school’s behaviour management policy.

    In my previous wider role I was a member of the Sheffield Healthy Schools Team, supporting schools in achieving Healthy Schools status and I have previously chaired the Local Authority’s ‘Anti-Bullying Multi-Agency Working Group’. I have continued to deliver extensive CPD on Anti-Bullying at all levels, from pupils and parents to Senior LA Managers. I have also spoken on BBC Radio Sheffield & Hallam FM about all forms of bullying.

    In recent years I have worked with Shiga University and Shiga Prefecture in Japan, providing professional development in the area of anti-bullying for district officials, teachers and students. I have also contributed to discussions with Sir Andrew Carter as part of the Carter review of Initial Teacher Education at the DfE. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and I am also an External Examiner at the University of Brighton.

    Principal Lecturer

  • Teaching

    Department of Teacher Education

    Social Sciences and Arts

    I have been active in promoting and enhancing the school-based tutor training programme, encouraging scholarship & research activity in conjunction with their trainees. I have delivered a wide range of Conference papers and key note presentations during my time in school, Local Authority and at SHU and appeared on local radio. These have focused on Inclusion, behaviour and anti-bullying and I have had accredited research experience in Foreign Education Systems; Special Needs & Inclusion; Behaviour & Attendance; Anti-bullying. I have produced materials for CPD programmes in these areas & have also featured in a TDA publication on Parent Support Advisers.

    I am also currently engaging in consultancy with partnership schools which has real potential in maximising opportunities for income generation and entrepreneurialism in the changing educational landscape. My input has focused on behaviour management, anti-bullying and inclusion and I am currently working with schools on additional training activities for staff and students. I have also worked with the primary and early years inclusion team on a booklet and audit to support all trainees around the themes of behaviour, EAL and SEND.

    My current research interest is around the training of teachers to manage behaviour effectively in the classroom and in anti-bullying in schools.

  • Other activities

    Department of Teacher Education

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    I have been active in promoting and enhancing knowledge, skills and understanding of students with regard to 'managing behaviour' and anti-bullying, encouraging scholarship & research activity in conjunction with their mentors in school. I have delivered a wide range of Conference papers and key note presentations during my time in school, Local Authority and at SHU and appeared on local radio. These have focused on Inclusion, behaviour and anti-bullying and I have had accredited research experience in Special Needs & Inclusion; Behaviour & Attendance and Anti-bullying. I have produced materials for CPD programmes in these areas & have also featured in a TDA publication on Parent Support Advisers. I have also worked with the primary and early year's inclusion team on a booklet and audit to support all trainees around the themes of behaviour, EAL and SEND.
    My current research interest is around the training of teachers to manage behaviour effectively in the classroom and in anti-bullying in schools.

  • Media

    Mark has more than 25 years' experience of working with primary and secondary schools in Sheffield, as well as two years in the USA through the prestigious Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programme. He is a principal lecturer for primary and early years, teaching undergraduate and post graduate routes and the professional development of teachers. He also works closely with schools across the region on behaviour and attendance, anti-bullying and mentoring teachers and student teachers.

    Mark has featured on BBC Radio Sheffield and more recently Hallam FM talking about anti-bullying in schools and has also worked with Shiga University and Shiga Prefecture in Japan, providing professional advice on anti-bullying to district officials, officials, teachers and pupils.

    Mark has produced guidance for parents on helping their children with bullying in school, published in ‘The Conversation’ (on-line), in the UK and subsequently in France and I have had articles published in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) on-line, on a range of education-related themes.

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