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Education (Primary) Graduate Diploma,Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE)

PGCE Primary Education

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photo of Jenny CarpenterJenny Carpenter

Head of Programme PGCE Primary Full Time

I qualified as a primary teacher in 1992 from York St John University College and spent time in two schools teaching children aged from Year 1 to Year 8. I had specific responsibility for PE, art, assessment and literacy although I taught across the whole curriculum. I joined YSJ in 2003 as a senior lecturer and became Head of Programme for the primary full-time PGCE in 2004. I have an MA in Educational Leadership, Management and Change and am currently studying a part-time PhD. My interests are the relationships between learning, teaching, tutors and students and how we can create effective learning environments for all. I use an action research approach in my enquiry. I am currently Head of Programme for the primary full-time PGCE and the BA in Learning and Education.


Tim LucasDr Tim Lucas

Head of Programme PGCE Primary Part time/School Direct Primary Lead

I work across all primary ITE programmes but am Head of Programme for the PGCE Primary Part-time and Flexible Routes.

I teach upon PGCE professional modules, with a particular focus on preparing students for school-based research.

A particular interest of mine is working within the area of arts education. I teach upon art and design modules and teach primary music within the PGECE programme and the undergraduate performing arts module.

Research interests centre around the teaching of art in schools, working in close collaboration with local artists to provide students with ‘expert’ knowledge. I also have a keen interest in Scandinavian Education Systems – the subject of my Doctoral thesis.


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