Charmaine Brown

Charmaine Brown RSA AdvDip, BA Joint Hons, CertEd, MSc

Charmaine Brown

Charmaine Brown
RSA AdvDip, BA Joint Hons, CertEd, MSc

Senior Lecturer, Initial Teacher Training

Department of Teacher Education

Faculty of Education and Health

Charmaine Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in the Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport at the University of Greenwich.

Charmaine joined the University in 2002 as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course for distance learning and full time students. In 2007, she became a Senior Lecturer in ITT and the PGCE course as well on other degree programmes.

Charmaine is currently Programme Leader for the BA Hons Mathematics with Education and BA Hons Language and Literacy with Education 2 year accelerated degree. In addition, she is lecturer on the PGCE/Lifelong Learning Teacher Education (LLTE) and the Early Childhood Studies (ECS) degree programme. Her teaching interests include modern foreign languages, ITT, policy and practice, professional studies, study skills, teaching and learning, monitoring and evaluating performance of teacher trainers, adult and community education, subject knowledge enhancement, community engagement, and inclusive initiatives between Higher Education and community groups.

Prior to her current role, Charmaine was monitoring and evaluating Quality Assurance (QA) as regional Link tutor for University of Greenwich network colleges (2009-14) and partner colleges (2011-13). She has also supported colleges in preparation for Ofsted and other QA inspections. Charmaine has taught a number of modules in the ECS degree programme; Equity, Policy and Citizenship, Key thinkers, Learner and Education, Representing Childhood & Adolescence, Issues Policies and Themes and applied her experience in the community and voluntary sector to teach on the Youth and Community Studies degree.

Charmaine has various subject specialisms with professional qualifications applied throughout her teaching career in French, Spanish, Politics, Economics, English, Information Communications Technology and Education Management, and certification teaching Adult Literacy as well as e-Learning (CeLTT).

In 1998, Charmaine set up the homework club regional network (KS2-KS4) for Lewisham Education Authority, and helped the LEA to gain the Princes Trust kite mark as recognition for standards raised in the homework club network.

During the 1990's, Charmaine acted as an independent education consultant for various local education authorities. As a partner in the Southwark education consortium she would advise community and voluntary sector groups on changes to the management of educational provisions as a result of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. Charmaine is a 'Skills for Life' trained subject specialist and has taught English for Speakers of Other Languages, English as a Foreign Language and Literacy courses for a considerable number of years. She holds Fellow status conferred by the Institute for Learning.

Other teaching commitments external to the University of Greenwich is member of the Black female academic (Queen Nzingha) network and other educational networks within the community. She has lectured at Birkbeck, University of London and in local community education centres on issues affecting African communities. These issues range from the impact of gentrification on African communities in the UK; Jamaican histories; researching family genealogy; community activism; W.E.B. DuBois and double consciousness; police profiling and legal issues related to the Equality Act 2010. Charmaine has a legal background and is employed by the Ministry of Justice as a Judicial Officer holder in Employment law and Equality legislation.

 Posts held previously:

  • 2010-12, Lecturer on the Youth and Community Studies degree, University of Greenwich
  • 2009-14, Regional link tutor network and partner colleges (2011-13) and monitoring of QA, University of Greenwich
  • Senior Lecturer in ITT, Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport
  • Programme Lead for the BA Hons Mathematics with Education and BA Hons Language and Literacy with Education 2 year accelerated degree
  • Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FlfL)
  • Founding Member of Teacher Educators Lifelong Learning Network
  • Member Queen Nzingha Female Black Academic Network
  • Member Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)
  • Judicial Office holder, Lay member Employment Tribunal
  • Judicial Office holder, Equality Assessor, County Court

Charmaine's professional doctorate researched, The responses of teacher educators to the professionalisation agenda: a study of attitudes, intentions and behaviour using theory of planned behaviour as a theoretical perspective. Her interests have also produced a research paper on, A comparative analysis of quality initiatives in ITT for teacher educators (LLS) in Europe.