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Miss Polly Glegg
Room 824
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7911 5473
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  • Lecturer in Business and Economics Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

Before joining IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society in 2013, I was a secondary school teacher teaching business education and supporting cross-subject teaching and learning. I developed my interest in teacher education during this time, alongside the teaching of business as a subject specialism: my accreditation as an Advanced Skills Teacher recognises dual expertise in business education and early career teacher development. 

Through my work in teaching, teacher education and consultancy I have extensive experience of pre-service and in-service teacher development, teacher education pedagogy, coaching and mentoring. I have co-designed and delivered comprehensive induction programmes for new teacher educators at IOE and abroad, led activity to enhance quality across initial teacher provision serving 1500+ students per year, and contributed to high-profile education projects in Jordan and Armenia.

Research Summary

My research interests are:

  • How teacher educators conceptualise and enact their role, and how to better support new teacher educators to engage with the complexity of the work they do;
  • Theorising business education, and the preparation of effective business teachers;
  • The professional formation of new teachers, particularly on salaried/employment-based programmes of initial teacher education. This is the focus of my doctoral thesis (EdD), expected completion: 2022.

Conference papers:

  • Glegg, P. (2021) Workplace learning conditions in employment-based initial teacher education: fostering effective trainee teacher learning on the Teach First Training Programme. Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Educational Research Association (online).
  • Broad, K., Choo, S., Chua, B., Glegg, P. and Worton, S. (2020) Being, becoming and belonging: an international study of teacher educators' professional learning in research-intensive universities. Paper accepted for the 2020 AERA Annual Meeting (San Francisco, USA), cancelled due to Covid-19.
  • Glegg, P., and Worton, S. (2019) Developing quality university-based teacher educators: understanding the roles and identities of teacher educators in research-intensive universities. Paper presented at the European Conference on Teacher Education (Hamburg, Germany).
  • Glegg, P. (2019) Teacher professional formation in employment-based initial teacher education: expansive-restrictive characteristics of school workplaces as learning environments. Paper presented at annual conference of the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe (Bath, England).
  • Brooks, C., Glegg, P., McCrory, K., Saunders, P., Scott, C., Willy, T., and Worton, S. (2018) The Initial Teacher Education Challenge: achieving quality at scale. Symposium presented at annual conference of the British Educational Research Association (Newcastle, England).
  • Glegg, P. (2018) If you think business subjects are easy, you're probably not thinking hard enough. Paper presented at annual conference of the Association of European Economics Educators (Copenhagen, Denmark).
  • Glegg, P. (2016) How business teacher-mentors in London secondary schools conceptualise business education. Paper presented at annual conference of the Association of European Economics Educators (Kufstein, Austria).

Teaching Summary

My teaching experience spans the following postgraduate and undergraduate programmes at UCL:

  • MA Educational Leadership: module leader, Leadership for the Learning Community
  • Master of Teaching (MTeach): associate tutor
  • Teach First PGDE: programme leader (secondary phase), subject leader (business), tutor (business)
  • PGCE Business Education: subject tutor
  • STEP PGDip in Teaching and Reflective Practice: tutor
  • BA Education Studies: guest lecturer, The Teacher in Policy and Research

Academic Background
2018   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2006   Master of Teaching University of London
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