Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore
Keira Sewell has over 20 years experience of training teachers through Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes. Participants use words such as ‘inspiring’, ‘motivating’ and ‘challenging’ to describe her training and her passion and enthusiasm for learning are clearly evident. Her approach is underpinned by the philosophy that theory, research and practice are integral to the development of the professional and her own love of learning is clearly evident in her Masters, (‘Moving to the BIG school: Pupil Perceptions of Transfer to Secondary Education’) and doctoral (Factors affecting one secondary school’s efforts to combat bully/victim problems) theses. Her research foci also demonstrate her commitment to listening to the voice of the learner in strategic development and educational change.
Her expertise in strategic management and improvement planning has evolved over many years at senior management level in higher education institutions, through her role as external examiner and expert on validation panels to a number of prestigious institutions and through her experience of working with schools as an advisory teacher, in delivering CPD for teachers and as Chair of Governors in a large junior school. She is experienced in a wide range of areas from the development and implementation of quality assurance measures, including leading inspections and review (both QAA and Ofsted), to managing and implementing strategic review and improvement planning in both the curriculum and staff development. She has been influential in the development of the now well established PGCE at Masters level, having led one of the first UK validations of this award, and has written key texts on the subject for both ESCalate and Sage publications (Doing your PGCE at M level: a guide for students).
In her career as an initial teacher trainer, Keira has taught on primary and secondary routes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and on employment-based routes. She has also taught on foundation degrees and undergraduate Education Studies awards. Her work with qualified teachers has been wide-ranging and includes continuing professional development in science, assessment, transition from the primary to secondary phase, the effective management of bully-victim problems, support for newly qualified teachers, coaching and mentoring for school senior leaders and supervision of research students on Masters and doctorate programmes.
Promoting science education
Alongside over twenty-five years of teaching science at secondary, primary and foundation stage, Keira has also been committed to promoting the importance of science education more widely. She was a member of the editorial panel of the primary journal of the Association for Science Education and has been commissioned by companies such as Rolls-Royce, British Nuclear Group, Teachers TV, Cleveland Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Watch to develop curriculum support materials and work on specific primary science projects.