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Tom Stephenson

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Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

I joined the University of Sunderland in 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education. I studied for a PGCE in 2009, followed by a Master's degree in Education.

I have been fortunate enough to work in some brilliant schools across the region in various capacities. Although I have primarily taught in Key Stage 2 (including seven years in Year 6), through my experiences as a school leader, I have knowledge of the whole primary curriculum, including Early Years.

During my 11 year teaching career, I have been English lead, Key Stage 2 lead and was an Assistant Headteacher for five years. One part of the job I loved was being able to mentor trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers within schools, helping them to develop and grow into the profession.

Through my work as English lead, I have developed an abiding passion for the subject – particularly the promotion and development of reading in schools.

I look forward to being able to use my experience in school to help support and enable trainees to become confident, well-equipped teachers, ready to embark on a wonderfully rewarding career.

Teaching and supervision

I am a Senior Lecturer, teaching across both undergraduate and postgraduate courses including: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS and PGCE Primary Education

My other responsibilities include:
  • Foundation Subjects Lead (Primary)
  • Programme Leader for our on-campus January PGCE course
  • Deputy Programme Leader for on-campus September PGCE course

  • English
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • Key Stage 2
  • Assessment

Last updated 12 July 2022