Senior Lecturer in Education (Initial Teacher Training)

University of Northampton

The University of Northampton is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Education (Teacher Education: Primary) to make a major contribution to initial teacher training and postgraduate professional development (masters level) with specific reference to ITT mentor training, leadership for placement based training and teaching mathematics and science.

Initial Teacher Training is the largest taught portfolio in the Faculty of Education and Humanities and makes a significant contribution to the University’s Strategic aims.  The Faculty has an excellent regional and national reputation for the quality of its programmes.  The Faculty’s ITT programmes (primary undergraduate and postgraduate including School Direct) were judged “Good” by Ofsted in 2014.  ITT programmes have a strong reputation for high retention, employment and trainee satisfaction rates and the University of Northampton is currently one of the providers who have been given a three-year allocation of training places for PGCE Primary.  The Faculty has an excellent reputation for its teaching and research and is committed to continually improving learning, teaching and assessment for students.  Mentor training is an essential element of ITT and includes face to face and online training.

The post holder will have excellent pedagogical and subject knowledge in mentoring and primary science and mathematics teaching together with the ability to convey this with skill and enthusiasm. The post requires excellent skills in using innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment along with effective collaborative working with a range of academic, professional and support staff to support the achievement of best practice in primary education. The development of high quality blended learning is a strategic goal of the University. 

The Faculty has an excellent reputation for working effectively in partnership with schools, local authorities and other education service providers.  It is committed to continually improving learning and teaching opportunities for students, including through work-based learning and placements.  The successful candidate will join a friendly and committed team drawn from academic and practitioner backgrounds and will be expected to contribute to our growing network of collaborative links with relevant external organisations and settings. 

All teaching within the Faculty is underpinned by research and scholarly activity, and it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to the Faculty’s research and consultancy strategy.  For applicants who are currently working as teachers, the Faculty offers an extensive programme of staff development linked to teaching in higher education and support for further study at higher degree level and developing research activity.  All academic staff are expected to gain HEA Fellowship and doctoral level qualifications.

The Faculty offers courses at a range of off-site venues, particularly as part of our continuing professional development and outreach activities.  Our extensive partnership work involves visiting schools and settings to assess, supervise and support students and working collaboratively with external colleagues.  The post holder will therefore need to be able to travel.

The Vice Chancellor or Dean of Faculty may request of the appointee any reasonable duties within the University, including evening and weekend activities.

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

The University of Northampton as an employer strives to achieve diversity among its staff which reflects the communities it serves.

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