As the Director of Professional Programmes I have oversight of all Teacher Education in the School of Education. We offer a number of innovative routes into teaching and Masters level courses; including Undergraduate and Postgraduate routes for our Core and School Direct provision, an International PGCE and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education Theory for local and international partners.
I graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry at University College London in 1991 with an interest in neuropharmacology and as a Graduate Assistant, I continued this work by designing and synthesising 5-HT1A (Serotonin) receptor partial agonists. After completing the PGCE Science programme at Durham University in 1993, I worked in Secondary Schools in London and the North East before joining the School of Education in 2009. Since that time I have contributed to a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as Module Convenor and in my previous leadership roles as PGCE Science Leader and Programme Director of the BA(Ed) Primary course. My Masters in Online and Distance Education developed a special interest in technology-enhanced learning which is evident in our Teacher Education offer.
As part of my role at Durham, I am involved with Outreach to local schools delivering professional development in Primary and Secondary Science Education and organising events to promote participation, e.g. an annual Science Fair for Primary children at the University. In addition, I lead the Continuing Professional Development Offer for professional programmes in the School of Education; working with national and international partners to support Teacher Education and deliver bespoke courses, both online and face to face.
- Communities of Practice
- International and Comparative Education
- Peer Review
- Professional Learning and Development
- Science Education
Chapter in book
- Reading, C. (2020). Reporting in science at a deeper level. In Mastering Writing in Greater Depth. Bushnell, A., Gill, A. & Waugh, D. Sage Publications Ltd. 207-223.
- Simpson, R. & Reading, C. (2019). Developing as a peer reviewer: enhancing students' graduate attributes. AHE Journal of Practitioner Research 12(1): 38-49.
- Reading, C., Simpson, R. & Roberts, R. (2017). Peer review: some reflections on a pilot project in the School of Education. Pedagogically Speaking (5): 5-6.
- Roberts, R. & Reading, C. (2015). The practical work challenge: incorporating the explicit teaching of evidence in subject content. School Science Review 96(357): 31-39.
Available for media contact about:
- Education: Science Education
- General policy: Teacher Education
- 2017: Developing primary science subject leaders (£3000.00 from )