Vicki Pountney

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  4. Subject leader for Secondary PGCE Geography and subject lead for primary geography.

Vicki Pountney BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, FRGS CGeog (Teach)

Senior Lecturer in Education


I am a Senior Lecture in Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education. I lead the Secondary PGCE Geography course and am subject lead for primary ITE geography. I have worked in local, national and international contexts to design and lead professional development projects, specifically with a focus on curriculum and pedagogy. My background is as a secondary geography teacher, school leader and professional development lead.


Following my first degree, I taught in secondary schools across West & South Yorkshire, successfully working as a Head of Geography, Head of Year, whole school co-ordinator for PSHE and Geography Advanced Skills Teacher. Following this I worked as a Local Authority Teaching & Learning Consultant. In this role, I worked with Early Career Teachers, middle and senior leaders with a specific focus on curriculum and pedagogy, specifically in primary geography and science. I also worked as part of an Appropriate Body, latterly as part of the South Yorkshire Teaching School Hub, to oversee and quality assure ECT induction.

Senior Lecturer


Department of Teacher Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts


I am the course leader for the Secondary Geography PGCE course and teach on undergraduate and PGCE primary geography modules.

Developing and Reflecting on Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Secondary Geography.
Developing and Reflecting on Professional Practice.
Introduction to the Foundation Subjects in Primary.
Developing the Foundation Subjects.
Professional Practice and Curriculum Studies.


My doctoral research has a focus on the professional development needs of primary geography leaders.

Other activities

I am an active member of the Geographical Association (GA) and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). I am Vice Chair of the GA Teacher Education Phase Committee and a Fellow of the RGS, FRGS CGeog (Teach).

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