Lesley Saunders

poet and educationalist



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In my role as Visiting Professor at Newman University, Birmingham, I am helping to organise a conference called ‘Troubling Research: Liminal Spaces, Methodological Challenges, Innovative Approaches’ scheduled for 7th and 8th July 2016. Abstracts should be submitted by 1 March. Details can be downloaded here: Troubling_Research.pdf

Among my current interests is the establishment of a (Royal) College of Teaching - I have written and spoken extensively about the issues and challenges of such a move, and the lessons to be learned from the establishment and abolition of the General Teaching Council.

I continue to give seminars and guest lectures on teachers’ professional knowledge and development, and on the art and science of teaching.

My recent clients include the National Foundation for Educational Research and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation; and I gave part-time support to the education department at Canterbury Christ Church University as they prepared their submissions for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

In 2011-12 I undertook various short-term projects for the General Teaching Council for England prior to its abolition, including writing an overview paper on the Council’s regulatory role and functions over the ten years of its operation.

Over the three years 2008-2010 I conducted commissioned evaluations for Save the Children of their inclusive education programme in Kosovo. I submitted comprehensive reports, containing recommendations for the sustainability of the programme in the future.  In 2011 I began work on an EU-funded education project, again in Kosovo, designed to support the government’s wide-ranging educational reforms; I wrote a review of the main issues and challenges for monitoring and evaluation systems and processes.  Please contact me if you would like to know more about either of these projects.