Our Subject Days for newly qualified and trainee teachers are an effective way to condense a lifetime’s teaching experience into just four Saturday sessions. Designed to provide a wealth of resources, the course is delivered by experienced teacher leaders in conjunction with leading academics and is designed to improve confidence and bolster ability.
The courses are open to school-based teacher trainees (e.g. School Direct, Teach First), NQTs, second and third year teachers. The full course of 4 Saturdays is offered at only £495 + VAT per participant (£425 + VAT) for PTI Schools Programme members).
Dr Gregory Dart is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. He spent his undergraduate and graduate years (from 1986 to 1993) at the University of Cambridge. From 1993 he was a lecturer at the University of York, and has been at UCL since 2000. His first book, the book of his Ph.D, was a monograph on the influence of the French Revolution on the Romantics, Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999, and paperbacked in 2005. His teaching range at UCL focuses on the Romantics and Victorians but also includes twentieth-century literature and film, London literature, the eighteenth century, and Shakespeare.
Dr Dart has held several administrative posts, including Chair of the Board of Studies and Chair of Examiners. He is also currently Chair of the Hazlitt Society, a member of the Charles Lamb Society, and on the editorial board of The Hazlitt Review. Gregory Dart’s research, both current and prospective, is centrally concerned with Romanticism, the City, and the history and development of the essay form from Montaigne to the modern period.
Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, and as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and artistic practice and collaboration. He lives in London, England. Widely published, Sam-La Rose has been featured in a range of journals and anthologies, including Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets (2012); Identity State: New British and Irish Poets (2010); Penguin’s Poems for Love (2009); and Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The Best Children’s Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah (2009). His debut pamphlet, Communion (2006), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and his collection Breaking Silence (2012) has been shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize (the Felix Dennis Award).
New Teacher Subject Days attendee - English
Subject days 2014
Gareth Davies has been Lead Teacher for the Gifted and Talented at Sawtry Community College for seven years, where he also leads the Classical Civilisation Department, teaches English and runs...View full biog >
Alan Kinder is Chief Executive of the Geographical Association. He has worked in geographical education for more than twenty years, as a geography teacher, curriculum leader, field studies officer, adviser, PGCE tutor and consultant. His work has taken him all over the world and has allowed him to work with hundreds of schools across the UK and further afield. Key achievements include his work on the national curriculum, as an assessment project co-ordinator for the QCDA and as a regional subject adviser for the CfBT project to support the implementation of a new KS3 curriculum in England. He is a long-standing GA member, author and volunteer, his most recent role being Chair of the Education Committee from 2009-12.
Graham Goldup is Senior Assistant Headteacher at Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove. He is an active member of the Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society and is both a...View full biog >
Dr Ted Vallance studied history at Balliol College, Oxford where he completed a doctorate on oaths of allegiance in seventeenth-century England. In 2000 he was appointed De Velling Willis Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Since then Dr Vallance has taught at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. In September 2009 he took up his post as Reader in Early Modern History at Roehampton. Dr Vallance is interested in the political and religious history of seventeenth-century England, especially during its two revolutions. Specific areas of interest include political and religious radicalism, questions of allegiance/obedience/loyalty, the role of the conscience and the use of casuistry in political debates, and the emergence of the public and public opinion.
Catherine McCrory began her teaching career in an international school in New York City where she worked for five years gaining senior leadership experience as director of studies taught in...View full biog >
Garrod Musto is a Chartered Mathematics Teacher and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He is also Director of Professional Development at Kingswood School in Bath. He gained a Master of Philosophy from Exeter University in 2000, examining the effective use of sporting contexts in the Mathematics classroom.
Peter Ransom is a former President of The Mathematical Association and a global freelance Mathematics educator. He does some part-time work with Bath Spa University’s School of Education PGCE and works with NQTs as part of The Prince’s Teaching Institute. He is on the Education Committee of the London Mathematical Society, membership secretary of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and also belongs to the Association of Teachers of Mathematics. He was involved with the Bowland Maths initiative as project leader for the sundials case study.
He has spent over 30 years teaching secondary Mathematics in state comprehensives and left the classroom in 2010 to pursue a freelance career in mathematical education. This was to allow him more time to give to the professional associations, to do more research and to attend conferences without having to worry about missing time with students in school. He takes risks. He has enjoyed Mathematics all his life and tries to pass on that enjoyment to all he meets. He has been known to travel around the country with a cannonball and sword.
New Teacher Subject Days attendee - Geometric and algebraic proof
Joe is a Lead Practitioner, concentrating on whole school teaching and learning at Camborne Science and International Academy in Cornwall. Prior to this, Joe was Director of Mathematics at John...View full biog >
Dr Martin Ruehl is Lecturer in German Thought at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He completed his BA at Cambridge and his PhD from Princeton. After a research fellowship at Queens’ College, he joined Sidney Sussex as College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History. Since 2007, he has been University Lecturer in the German Department and Director of Studies in MML at Trinity Hall. He continues to teach for the History Faculty at the undergraduate as well as graduate level and is an active member of the teaching staff for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History. Dr Ruehl’s research to date has focussed on the ideas and ideologies that shaped German society and culture in the Wilhelmine and Weimar period, in particular the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and its reception since the 1890s.
Westcliff High School for Boys
Lucy Meyer is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Bexley Grammar School. She studied French and Spanish at Nottingham University, followed by a PGCE gained at the Institute of Education....View full biog >
Helen Page is Head of Faculty at Upton Hall FCJ. She read French and German at the University of Birmingham, also spending time abroad studying at Université de Bourgogne, Dijon...View full biog >
Professor John Spicer is currently professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University. He is author of the best-selling popular book ‘Biodiversity- a beginner’s guide’ as well as a number of influential biodiversity text books. He has published over 150 scientific papers in the international literature, including some on science education, and is heavily involved in the public understanding of science as well as providing interactive talks/discussion groups for secondary schools.
Dr Peter Wothers is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies at St Catharine’s College. He has authored a number of text-books, including “Why Chemical Reactions Happen” with colleague Dr James Keeler. Dr Wothers is also on the committee for the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, and for the RSC’s Chemistry Olympiad.
Michael de Podesta is currently employed as a Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory where he specialises in the measurement of temperature. He has just completed the most accurate temperature measurements in human history, relating the temperature as measured by a conventional thermometer to the speed of motion of atoms. He writes a blog at blog.protonsforbreakfast.org.
Newton Abbot College
Crossley Heath School
Sue Grist is the Science Team Leader at Ivybridge Community College, a large 11-19 comprehensive school of 2,300 students in Devon. Prior to this, Sue was Head of Biology at Ivybridge ...View full biog >
Andy Molloy is Head of Science at Chiswick School, a rapidly improving Community School catering to a wide and varied community in West London. As Head of Science, he has...View full biog >
Samantha Hill is currently a part-time Physics teacher for Ormiston Sudbury Academy, having been Head of Science for three and a half years there previously. She is also a Specialist...View full biog >