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Paul Lortal – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

I have worked as an educational professional for over 20 years. Initially I taught secondary science in four state schools, leading several science departments as well as being pastoral leader. In 2008 I was recognised as an Advanced Skills Teacher, with responsibility for whole-school teaching and learning whilst also helping schools at risk of closure.

At the same time I was in charge of all school ITT programmes and the development of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). I have experience of overseeing a large capital expenditure programme, leading the development of a new sustainable science building (The Nucleus) at Hayesfield Girls school.

Most recently I have led the development of the three secondary science PGCE courses. I am Programme Leader for the Secondary PGCE, focusing on school partnerships, mentor training and recruitment. My research interests are currently focused on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on student teachers and their ongoing training as Early Career Teachers (ECTs).

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Biology – University of Sussex
  • PGCE – University of Bristol
  • MA – University of the West of England
  • FHEA – Bath Spa University
  • EdD (ongoing) – University of Bristol

External roles

  • External Examiner (Science) – University of Chichester
  • Chief External Examiner – University of Chichester
  • Parent Governor

Areas of expertise

  • Secondary Science and Education

Contact Paul about

  • Initial Teacher Education
  • PGCE training
  • Secondary science teaching

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