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Mr Ben Hammond
Room 909
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02076126148
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

My experience in education began in the early 2000s when I led development education work in 20 schools across Wiltshire. After completing an MA in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, followed by a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) at Bath Spa University, I spent a year teaching teachers both English and how to teach English at a school in Mae La Oon refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.  I returned to the UK in 2005 to begin a Citizenship PGCE at th Institute of Education and following this secured a teaching position at Deptford Green School under the leadership of Sir Keith Ajegbo (the school was the first specialist school in Citizenship nationallty). There I became Head of Citizenship - responsibilities of which included guest lecturing on matters of global and active citizenship on the Institute's Citizenship PGCE - and left the school after a couple of years following a change in leadership and to take up the opportunity to develop active Citizenship projects and campaigns in schools across London with community organising charity Citizens UK.

In 2010 I received the news that a good teacher friend from the refugee camp had sadly passed away and decided to set up a charity - LearnBurma - dedicated to educating young people in the UK about the situation in Burma.  The charity used innovative means to connect pupils to the country's human rights issues, which ultimately led to my leadership of a range of dance-based challenges serving to engage thousands of young people in the story of Burma.

Meanwhile the same year I began tutoring on the Citizenship PGCE at the UCL Institute of Education and became Subject Leader for the course in early 2013, alongside subject leaders for the other 17 courses at the Institute.  After support seven cohorts of student teachers to successfully enter the teaching profession, in 2019 I became Programme Leader for the overall Secondary PGCE and its eighteen constituent subjects.

Research Summary
My research interests centre around my specialist areas of teaching - namely Citizenship education (and within it, active citizenship, global citizenship, development education and experiential learning), teacher wellbeing, assessment, teaching as a professional endeavour, and the research literacy of teachers.
Teaching Summary

My teaching career has included some of the following highlights:

  • Teaching 4000 pupils from 20 Wiltshire schools about fair and global trade through assemblies and talks during Fairtrade Fortnight (2001).
  • Whilst living in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border, teaching 100+ teachers from refugee communities both English and how to teach English to pupils (2004-5).
  • Creating a four-week UK politics unit of work for an entire year group (100 students) in my first PGCE placement at Oaklands School, Tower Hamlets, which culminated in students devising political parties and running an election campaign based on ideas to improve the school.  200 students took part in the election, with the ideas of the winning party going forward to the school council for further consideration (2006).
  • Helping to successfully lead the Citizenship Department at Deptford Green through an Ofsted inspection, where my teaching and leadership was observed three times in two days and was rated as outstanding (2007).
  • Leading a unit of work based around the uprising in Burma in 2007/2008 for two full year group cohorts (year 8 and year 10), culminating in a research visit to the Department for International Development (DfID) and a protest organised by year 10 pupils (with police consent and support) at a local Total Petrol Station against the company's investment policy in Burma - followed by facilitating a 3-hour meeting between the same pupils and the chief executive of Total Oil UK at their headquarters (2007-8)
  • Securing the best ever Citizenship GCSE results for the school (2009).
  • Leading talks for 40,000 young people in hundreds of schools across the country on Burma, human rights and dance (and the connection between them) (2010-2012).

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