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University Teacher in Education

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The School of Education is internationally renowned for its research excellence and teaching quality, providing a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research degree programmes. The School’s business is complex,
with a wide range of full-time, part-time, distance and online programmes, some of them taught in overseas locations, making it a vibrant and stimulating environment.

Our seven professors are engaged in high-quality international research focusing on a wide range of educational issues, all underpinned by a commitment to social justice, equality and inclusion through high quality scholarship.

Our student body is growing in diversity, with full and part-time students, coming directly from a range of previous study experiences, from different contexts of educational practice and from different part of the world. The School enjoys a strong
demand for its postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Initial Teacher Education team at a time when we are developing an innovative approach to teacher education involving university-based and school-based colleagues working in close collaboration to
ensure our PGDE programme maintains a strong basis in both theory and practice.

You will take a lead role alongside five other university-based colleagues, managing and delivering a key strategic element of the programme, and leading on the English subject discipline.

You will have hold a good honours degree, along with a recognised teaching qualification and have previous experience of successful teaching within the secondary school system.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
You will, as part of the School of Education:

• Engage in teaching that enhances the design and delivery of the department’s existing

• Carry out course evaluation, including facilitating student feedback, reflecting on your own teaching and implementing ideas for improving your own performance.

• Be involved in professional activities such as membership of subject associations, presentation at teaching conferences and supporting the professional development of others in the team.

• Self-generate work through scholarly pursuits plus innovation in teaching and

• Contribute to the life of the School of Education, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the wider University community through administration responsibilities and committee membership as and when appropriate.

• Plan and prioritise your own work, and forward plan in line with programme and
departmental requirements up to five years for some tasks.

• Respond to reactive requests, such as those relating to teaching, supervising students and administrative tasks, as they arise.

• Keep up to date with developments in practice in your area of expertise.

• Support students who choose to continue their PGDE study to masters level as part of our Newly Qualified Teacher offer.

• Work collegially as part of the School, working on programmes across the School as required.

• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

You will, as part of the Initial Teacher Education team:

• Lead the English subject-based element of the PGDE programme, linking closely with seconded school-based colleagues to ensure effective delivery of your subject area.
This will involve designing and redeveloping teaching programmes for modules in
consultation with the PGDE team, and making use of current resources as well as
selecting new teaching methods, resources and reading, and determining, designing and producing study material.

• Support and lead as required, other subject-based elements of the PGDE programme, having a flexible approach to your leadership and delivery depending on the needs of the programme.

• Mark all Masters-level work produced by students in your subject area, and beyond your subject area where appropriate.

• Take on a whole-cohort responsibility for a strategic area of the PGDE programme. This might be, for example, overseeing our school partnership or the assessment of students.

The responsibility will be determined based on experience and expertise.

• Work closely with seconded school-based colleagues across all subject areas to ensure the PGDE is a cohesive programme and that all students receive the same high level of support and challenge.

• Supervise students on School Experience. This will include making school visits during School Experience, responding to emails, supporting students when they apply for teaching posts and dealing with any school-based issues as they arise.

• Be the personal tutor for a number of students, providing pastoral care.

• Contribute to links with partner schools in the local region.


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