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Education (Secondary RE) Graduate Diploma,Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE)

PGCE Secondary RE Education

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Keither Parker

Head of Programme for PGCE Secondary and Principal Lecturer in Secondary Education

My professional background in the UK includes eighteen years of teaching experience in secondary schools. I began my career as a teacher of Humanities in Luton where I was also Head of Sociology and Head of History. Moving to London I then worked as Head of Humanities and coordinator of whole school equal opportunities. The last six years within the secondary sector were as Deputy Headteacher of a comprehensive school in Northamptonshire. I was Acting Headteacher at this school prior to moving to Australia. Whilst in Australia I worked within Higher Education as a teacher educator, building upon my experience of working with SCITT and GTP teacher education programmes in the UK.

I joined York St John University in September 2008 and am currently Head of Secondary PGCE programmes and Principal Lecturer. I teach whole school issues on the Professional Studies modules for university and school-centred postgraduate secondary programmes.

 I have a BA (Hons) in Humanities/Social Studies (Politics, History and Sociology), a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) and also NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers). I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at York St John University and an MA in Educational Improvement, Development and Change. I am a university teaching fellow and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Emma McVittie

Senior Lecturer and RE Subject Tutor

My teaching experience spans across both primary and secondary phases and includes work as a Religious Education advisor and consultant. I have worked in a variety of settings including special schools and pupil referral units and gained a Masters in Special Educational Needs while teaching. I left full time teaching in 2004 to take up a post as senior lecturer in Initial Teacher Education specialising in Religious Education. During this time I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and began my PhD.

I began at York St John University in 2013 and I am currently the cohort leader for the PGCE Secondary RE Programme with a responsibility for developing the use of technology and creativity within the programme.


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