Director: Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education
School of Education
T: 87 6341
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 Director for Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education. 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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am currently studying for a PhD.
My main teaching responsibility is within Professional Studies modules on both university and school centred PGCE secondary programmes.
I am actively involved in research and my research interests include: developing the critical engagement of postgraduate trainee teachers with educational issues; teaching and learning strategies within Higher Education; models of teacher education and developing school partnerships through active collaboration. I am currently studying for a PhD. The focus of my doctoral research relates to teacher education within a secondary school context.
Publications, Conferences and Presentations
Parker, K. (2018) Collaborating to develop practitioners in ITE. In: Practice-Informed learning: the rise of the dual professional. London, Guild HE, pp. 54-55.
Parker, K. and Caddell, J. (2017) Delivering teacher education in partnership. In: World-class teachers, world-class education. London, GuildHE, Cathedrals Group, pp. 67-81.
Lucas, T. & Parker, K. (2014) New Pathways in Initial Teacher Education. In: International Teacher Education Conference (ITEC 2014) Online Proceedings Book, pp. 1045-1059.
Parker, K., Lucas, T. & Caddell, J. (2013) Promoting quality in teacher education. In: Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Annual Report 2013, pp. 6-7.
Caddell, J. & Parker K. (2013) Exploring Prejudice - New Neighbours. Religious Education Journal of Australia, 29 (2), pp. 44-46.
Parker, K. (2013) Developing cooperative learning and oracy. Religious Education Journal of Australia, 29 (1), pp. 43-45.
Parker, K. (2011) Marketplace Activity. Religious Education Journal of Australia, 27 (1), pp. 40-42.
Conferences / Other Presentations
Parker, K., Scott, D. & Jones, A. (2018) Developing research skills and capacity in PGCE programmes. Presentation at the Talking about Teaching Conference, 26 June 2018, York St John University, UK.
Parker, K. (2017) Teacher Education and development within a school context: The lived experience versus the rhetoric of government policy. Presentation at the Postgraduate Colloquium, 7 April 2017, York St John University, UK.
Parker, K. & McVittie, E. (2017) How the PGCE Secondary Partnership is attempting to support students in the development of resilience, to support them in dealing with the challenges of teaching in secondary schools. Workshop presentation at the Talking about Teaching Conference, 20 January 2017, York St John University, UK.
Parker, K. (2016) Initial Teacher Education in England. Presentation at the International Diversity & Inclusive Education Conference, 9-13 May 2016, Pädagogische Hochschule, Salzburg University of Education, Salzburg, Austria.
Parker, K. & Lucas, T. (2014) School Direct one year on: an analysis of evaluation data. Presentation at Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Annual Conference, 4-5 November 2014, Birmingham, UK.
Parker, K. (2014) PGCE Secondary Programme Selection Processes. Presentation at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Conference, 9 April 2014, York St John University, UK.
Parker, K. & Lucas, T. (2014) New Pathways in Initial Teacher Education. Paper presented at the International Teacher Education Conference (ITEC 2014), 5–7 February 2014, Dubai, UAE.
Parker, K. (2013) How do I further develop my own practice to encourage student teachers to critically engage with educational issues? Presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research , 9-10 July 2013, York St John University, UK.
Parker, K. (2013) School partnership involvement with recruitment for secondary PGCE. Presentation at the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Secondary Committee, 6 June 2013, London, UK.
Parker, K. & O’Grady, I. (2013) Picking and Choosing: Collaborating with partnership schools for the effective selection, recruitment and preparation of PGCE students in initial teacher education. Paper presented at the Education & Theology Faculty Research Seminar Series 1 May 2013, York St John University, UK.
Parker, K., O’Grady, I., Caddell, J. & Capper, J. (2012) Collaborating with partnership schools for the effective selection, recruitment and preparation of PGCE students in ITE. Presentation at the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Annual Conference, 8-9 November 2012, Hinckley, UK.
Parker, K. & Carpenter, J. (2010) Creating Spaces to Think: Collaborative Enquiry for Improving Practice on One-Year PGCE Programmes. Presentation at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 1-4 September 2010, University of Warwick, UK.
Higher Education Academy
- Fellow of the HEA since 2009.
- Senior Fellow of the HEA since 2016.
- St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, PGCE Secondary programme (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14)
- Roehampton University, London, PGCE Secondary (Professional Studies) 2014 - 2018
- University of Lincoln, PGCE Secondary, 2018-22