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1994 …2021

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Paul teaches History Education to BA and PGCE/MA students and has also supervised and examined Phd students.

He  studied Economic History for his first degree at the University of Leeds. He attained an upper second class degree and went on to study an MA in History and a PGCE at the University of Birmingham. He has taught in five schools prior to his current position. He was also seconded for two years to lecture PGCE students at Birmingham University from 1991-93.. He came to the University of Northampton in 1997 as a Senior Lecturer /Curriculum Leader for in History Education. In 2008 he was awarded a PhD in Education from Birmingham University which examined the significance of an Irish Dimension in the English History Curriculum. Articles based on his thesis have been published in the following journals –History of Education and Educational Review. He passed the PhD Supervision Module from the University of Northampton in 2009, together with Teacher fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.Paul has experience as an external examiner at three universities including the role as chief examiner. He Is currently an external history education examiner for the PGDipEd course at the University of Birmingham. Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association in 2016.

Paul’s main area of research interest is teaching diversity in history. He has publications related to teaching diversity in history, together with articles specifically related to teaching Irish and Black History dimensions.  He is also interested in other aspects of history education such children’s learning outside the classroom. He has supervised  three PhDs and is currently Director of Studies for one student. He has examined three PhDs and one Ed.Doc. He also supervises year undergraduate history education dissertations. In addition to writing in academic journals he regularly contributes to the teacher journal publication  Primary History and has edited editions published in Autumn 2015 and Spring 2018. He has also produced teacher resources including Schemes of Work for the Historical Association website and provided conference workshops for teachers.

He has been secretary for  Midlands History Forum since 1992 which organises annual  conferences for teachers and he is a member of the Historical Association Primary Committee and Editorial Panel. He is also a member of the teacher panel for Northampton Museum. He has contributed to a range of organisations including  membership of the DfE/TDA initiated History Expert Group.(2013-15), a committee member of History Teacher Educator Network (2001-12)Ireland in Schools(1999-2009);Northamptonshire Black History Project Association (1998-2012); Historical Association Curriculum Review Working Party(July 2011): First World War in the Classroom Steering Group Member (Feb.2013 – October 2013). He also regularly reviews textbooks and journals , particularly   Education 3-13 and has also undertaken reviews  Paedagogica and Journal of Educational Policy.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Birmingham

1 Jan 200110 Jan 2008

Award Date: 15 Sep 2008

University of Birmingham

30 Sep 197515 Oct 1976

Award Date: 15 Dec 1976

Bachelor, University of Leeds

4 Oct 197115 Aug 1974

Award Date: 15 Mar 1974

External positions

External Examiner for PGDipEd(QTS) History, University of Birmingham, 2017-21

10 Oct 201731 Aug 2021


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