About the Department of Secondary, Lifelong Learning Teacher Education and PE & Sport Faculty of Education & Health

The department offers a broad range of interrelated programmes at a variety of levels and contexts for people wishing to develop their teaching capacities and professionalisms to teach older children and young and mature adults. The department exemplifies the very best practice in teaching and learning through interactive lectures and seminars, electronic media, peer learning, tutorials and a wide variety of resources.

Delivering relevant and diverse programmes

Our programmes of initial teacher education (ITE) are designed to enable students to become professional, creative, competent and reflective educators. Our aim is to prepare our students to enter the teaching profession with enthusiasm and confidence so that they are able to inspire, challenge and motivate their learners and to develop their own professional identity.

We are proud of the pastoral care we provide which supports our students in achieving their potential. Some students apply from unconventional backgrounds or have chosen to change career and we embrace the diversity and experience that these students can bring to our programmes.

We offer undergraduate, professional graduate and postgraduate programmes of general and specialist teacher education for the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS). We also offer professional graduate and postgraduate programmes of initial teacher education for the Secondary sector, which include a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). To provide teacher education that is meaningful and relevant to future trainees on increasingly integrated secondary and LLS programmes, we are actively researching the ways to interrelate these programmes at all points of convergence.

Our BA Physical Education and Sport programme provides an opportunity to combine the study of physical education and sport to honours degree level. The programme builds on the foundations of physical education and sport provided by schools and colleges through the physical education National Curriculum and wider programmes in sport and leisure. The degree has been designed to develop students' academic, practical and vocational skills to enable them to pursue graduate employment in a range of sport related careers. In particular, it provides ideal preparation for teacher training (specialising in physical education), work in sport development and allied fields, as well as providing the platform for higher level study.

In collaborative partnership

Partnership working is at the core of the department's ethos and values. This is because we recognise teaching and learning as a collaborative social process. Therefore, we are committed to pursuing collaborative teaching and learning partnerships in and between educational settings. The department works in close partnership with schools to provide various routes into Qualified Teacher Status (QTS): a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (which includes 60 masters level credits), a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education, and 'Assessment Only' and School Direct routes. On our LLS programmes, we are engaged in on-going professional partnerships with a wide range of managers, teachers, and other educational workers in colleges, private training providers and in adult education settings. We have active pedagogical partnerships with all the tutors and mentors who teach, guide, and assesses our trainees.

Informed by active research

Our ethos and enabling pedagogy necessarily underpins our research perspective and methodology. This means we work in partnership with our trainees, mentors, and others to actively research ways to improve the relevance and scope of their participation in the teaching and learning processes of our programmes. Recent active research projects include:

  • Exploring and evaluating current mentor training process and enacting ways to increase mentor participation and encourage their communities of practice.
  • Exploring and enacting differently located but collaborative processes of teaching practice assessment facilitated by online technologies.
  • Investigation and enacting deeper process of situated teaching practice assessment.

For continuity and change

In a fast moving, unpredictable, and significantly impacting socio-political and economic context, the review of all aspects of the secondary and LLS teacher-training programmes is our on-going active research priority. Importantly and necessarily, this strengthens our ethos and develops our enabling pedagogy for all those participating, or those who wish to participate, in our programmes.