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Senior Lecturer in Education (PGCE Education Programme Leader and Assessment Only Route to QTS Pathway Manager)

I have a number of roles at the University of Sunderland. I am principally a Senior Lecturer in Education but I am also Programme Leader for the PGCE Education IDL (one of the university's largest programmes and sat by trainee teachers in over 60 countries), module leader for the PGCE's Practice of Teaching module, and the Manager for the Assessment Only Route to QTS pathway (UK and Overseas).

I also have the privilege of teaching a wide-ranging education history module (EDU101) that covers the advent of fire and the passing of vital life skills in the Neanderthal period, to the Spartan 'agoge', Incan and Aztec education systems, education in the Industrial Revolution, and the tripartite system of the 1940s and 1950s UK.

I began my own teaching career almost two decades ago. I initially taught in FE (basic skills tutoring), moved into secondary teaching after gaining QTS via the GTP, took up a position teaching English literature and literary theory at the University in 2008, moved into teacher training a few years later, and have since progressed to a full-time senior position in teacher training and education studies.

I have been at the University of Sunderland in some capacity since 1993. I completed my undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional qualifications at the University and hope to be here for many years to come. My job at the University is varied and it is a great honour to work alongside a group of dedicated, determined, and knowledgeable colleagues, trainees, and students.

Teaching and supervision

My teaching has included running three of the four PGCE (all phases) core modules (EDP380, EDPM01, and EPDM97) and a core Education Studies 'History of Education' module (EDU101). I have coordinated the support, guidance, and assessment of over three thousand postgraduate research papers and also support my own cohort of research projects and dissertations. I have also delivered and coordinated the PgCert programme to our off-site SCITT partners.


My research interests lie in the following areas: worldwide education history; Spartan and Athenian education systems, ideologies, and philosophies; the relationship between education and the needs of society; the intersection between philosophy and education; the influence of religion on historical education systems and models; how weaker learners can be supported via individually targeted feedback; and issues surrounding inclusion in the modern school setting.

I am co-author of a number of papers relating to formative and summative assessment.


Number of items: 7.

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)

Elliott, Ian and Hidson, Elizabeth (2021) Switching to Online Learning. In: University of Sunderland Global Forum, 26 February 2021, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Sheard, Simon and Bell, Jemma (2020) Shaping research-informed practitioners: A case study of the impact of written feed-forward targets on summative outcomes in postgraduate school-focused research modules. In: 2nd Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 15 June 2020, Sunderland, UK.

Hidson, Elizabeth and Elliott, Ian (2019) Spanning the grade boundaries: The impact of formative feedback on summative outcomes in a distance learning PGCE course. In: First Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 04 June 2019, Sunderland, UK.


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 Sun Jul 25 14:25:05 2021 BST.
  • Teacher education and training
  • Distance learning
  • The history of education
  • Classical Greek education and philosophy
  • The Spartan 'agoge'
  • Education in early period Meso-America
  • Education and the changing nature of childhood in Victorian Britain
  • Assessment theory and models
  • Literary theory
  • Romantic literature and poetry
  • Gothic and neo-gothic literature
  • Fantasy literature

Aside from teaching, I have also worked as an examiner and team leader for AQA, as an educational consultant, as a journalist and editor, and as an election campaign manager and coordinator.

I have also been the owner of a video production company and held a Fellowship at Teesside University.

Last updated 12 May 2021

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