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Alison Griffiths

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Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for PGCE Early Years Teaching

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Society. I studied for my degree largely via distance learning and subsequently retrained as a teacher with a specialism in Early Years. I later went on to study the MA Education, again via distance learning. My experience is broad and ranges from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Year 6.

I have held several management positions in schools and, through my role as English subject leader, my passion for teaching English language has been fuelled.

I have a wealth of experience in mentoring both trainees and newly qualified teachers, providing support and challenge in order to improve teaching and learning through best practice as well as establishing confidence in the classroom. As a result of this, I am extremely impassioned about the value of practicum placements and the importance of the support network available to trainees during this challenging time. With my own experience of independent distance learning, I appreciate how crucial a strong support network is for trainees studying via this route and again, am keen to offer the support needed to be successful and maximise their University experience.

I'm keen to share my teaching expertise with others who similarly have a passion for enriching the lives of young people.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader of PGCE Early Years Teaching IIDL.

Having studied largely via distance learning myself, I have a keen interest in IDL and appreciate the importance of a strong support network. I enjoy being part of a team who are able to provide support for overseas trainees, as well as for those trainees receiving their training in school, through the School Direct route.

Research interests for potential research students

Dialogic formative assessment models for practical teaching modules.


Number of items: 5.

Conference or Workshop Item

Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Wynn, Vikki, Sheard, Simon and Bell, Jemma (2021) Ready for Work: Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment as an international route to UK Qualified Teacher Status. In: Third Annual Faculty of Education & Society Staff Research Conference, 14 Jun 2021, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Ross, Dionne, Elliott, Ian, Hidson, Elizabeth, Griffiths, Alison, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, Wynn, Vikki, Bell, Deborah and Hughes, Mark (2021) International and Independent Distance Learning Team Showcase. In: Faculty of Education and Society Team Showcase Series, 10 March 2021, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Griffiths, Alison and Wynn, Vikki (2020) Developing an effective assessment model for the practical element of a teacher training programme delivered via distance learning that promotes reflective practice in trainees. In: 2nd Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 14 June 2020, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)


Elliott, Ian, Hidson, Elizabeth, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, Griffiths, Alison and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment on the Assessment-Only Route to UK Qualified Teacher Status. [Video]


Bell, Jemma, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Hidson, Elizabeth, Ross, Dionne, Sheard, Simon and Wynn, Vikki (2021) IIDL Team Newsletter February 2021. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

This list was generated on Thu Jul 29 04:46:45 2021 BST.

Last updated 23 February 2021

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