Branwen Bingle Faculty of Education & Health

Branwen Bingle BA Ed (Hons); MA Ed (Open); PGCert; PhD

Branwen Bingle

Branwen Bingle
BA Ed (Hons); MA Ed (Open); PGCert; PhD

Operational Lead for Initial Teacher Education Partnerships and School Direct

Department of Primary Education

Faculty of Education and Health

Branwen moved from Primary teaching into initial teacher education in 2008, having mentored trainees and NQTs while in a co-ordinator role.

Branwens career path to date has been varied: She was a supply teacher and support assistant for Service Children's Education; a basic skills tutor working with adults in the military; a private day nursery teacher working with 3 & 4 year olds; a Secondary English teacher working across KS3 and 4, including the teaching of GCSE English; and a subject leader for English in two Worcestershire Middle schools. 

Since March 2016 Branwen has also been the course leader for the BA Hons Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion degree.

Branwen is responsible for the cross-phase management, organisation and quality assurance of all aspects of teacher education partnerships. In addition, as School Direct lead, she is for the development and operation of our School Direct partnerships.

2014-16 Erasmus+ We Are Europe Project 
2014-2016 Cambridge Primary Review Trust Regional Co-ordinator: West Midlands region
2013-2018 University of Brighton External Examiner for:
• Troops to Teachers (TtT) Primary route
• BA (Hons) Primary English Education with QTS (5-11 yrs)
• BA (Hons) Primary English Education with Advanced Studies & QTS (7- 11 yrs)
2013-Present International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) Member
2010-Present NCA Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Ambassador
2009-Present Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow
2008-Present United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) Member

Research Interests:

  • Applied Linguistics 
  • Children’s Literature
  • Identity and Inclusion
  • Current unfunded projects - 
  • Tales from the Watershed: A study of primary teachers' mid-career identity (Lead: Dr Alison Kington, University of Worcester) 
  • Framing the transition from Teacher to Teacher-Educator: developing a taxonomy of career identity (with Linzi McKerr, University of Worcester)
  • Examining the experiences of openly gay and lesbian teachers in a period of declining homohysteria (with Dr Rachael Bullingham, University of Worcester, and Jo Shire, University of Gloucester)


Bingle, B. (2017) ‘Don’t tell the parents! The illicitness of intergenerational play’ in Deszcz-Tryhubczak, J. and Kalla, B. (eds.) (pending) Encounters of the Playful Kind: Children’s Literature and Intergenerational Relationships. (tbc)

Bingle, B., Kington, A., Howard, C. & Robinson, C. (2017) ‘Tales from the Watershed: using repertory grids in the study of teachers’ mid-career identity’ in Winter, D.A., Cummins, P., Procter, H., and Reed, N. (eds.) (2017). Personal Construct Psychology at 60: Papers from the 21st. International Congress. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press



Horton, S., Beattie, L. and Bingle, B (2015) Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary School. London, Sage/Learning Matters
Horton, S. and Bingle, B (2014) Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary School. London, Sage/Learning Matters
Horton, S. and Bingle, B (2014) Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary School. London, Sage/Learning Matters
Robinson, C., Bingle, B. & Howard, C. (2013) Primary School Placements: A Critical Guide to Outstanding Teaching. Cheshire, Critical Publishing. 


Journal Articles/ Published Conference Papers 

Bingle, B. (2011) Images of teachers in children's literature and their messages for ITE, UKLA 
Hughes, S., Bingle, B., Crabtree, H., Irving, S., Perrigo, A., Robinson, C., Stanton, J., Watson, R. & Whittenbury, J. (2011) Mentoring and Coaching stories – the learning journeys of lecturers undertaking Post Graduate study in Mentoring and Coaching, Worcester Journal of Learning & Teaching Issue 

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Conference Presentations 

Bingle, B. (2016) “‘I don’t like Miss Honey…’: the mythologising of the primary teacher in Dahl’s Matilda. The Roald Dahl Centenary Conference, Cardiff University
Bingle, B. (2014) “Miss Honey or Miss Trunchbull? An Exploration of the Cultural Portrayal of Teachers in Children’s Literature”. Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Worcester
Bingle, B. (2014) “The politics of teaching children's literature within the English Primary curriculum”. 50th UKLA Annual Conference, University of Sussex
Bingle, B. (2013) “’Through Reading in Particular…’: The Place of the Children’s Book within the English Primary Educational Experience”. 21st IRSCL International Conference, University of Maastricht
Bingle, B. & Horton, S. (2013) /B/lend Me Your Ears: debating the place of successive oral blending as the prime approach of the Prime Approach. 49th UKLA International Conference, Liverpool Hope University 
Bingle, B. (2011) Images of teachers in children's literature and their messages for ITE. 47th UKLA International Conference, University of Chester
Beattie, B. (2009) A sense of self: recognising the issues and complexities of establishing a cultural identity within a rural school context. 5th Annual ESCalate ITE Conference, Glyndwr University 

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