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Dr d'Reen Struthers
UCL-Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education
UCL Principal Supervisor

Recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SFHEA October 2014

d'Reen contributes to the Professional education Doctorate Programme at the IoE as Module lead for Foundations of Professionalism, and as Doctoral Supervisor. She also contributes to the PGCE Teacher Education Programme as the MA Specialism Module Lead and Geography tutor. 

Prior to 2014, she was a Principal Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Roehampton from 2003. Here, after successfully managing Schools Partnership for 7 years, she then held the remit for Training and Development, linked to partnership initiatives. This work involved facilitating the training and development of School-based Mentors /Coaches for the ITE Dept and the former West London Partnership EBITT. d'Reen also set up a number of Action Research Circles (ARCs) with schools as both an academic partner and research coach. Her work in Mentoring continues to be recognised by Kingston University; she is the trainer for the Mentoring programme for Staff run by the Equalities Unit, for BME and women staff since 2010/11. Birkbeck College, University of London, also draw on her training for their Athena Swan, Aurora and Trigger mentoring programmes.

In February 2013 d’Reen was asked to Lead on Teacher Inquiry within Professional Practice Development as well as teaching on the MA and EdD programmes. This built on the former Partnership and Training and Development role in which she led new strategic developments to extend and promote partnerships, for example setting up Regional Cluster Managers (RCMs), Professional Learning Schools (PLS), School based mentoring.

Her role leading Teacher Inquiry builds on the partnership work and further extends it in relation to Teaching School Alliances and Academies, and ITT partnership schools. Development work with School Mentors/coaches also remains a feature of this role, as colleagues in schools with these roles step up to take on more of a lead in ITT as it is based in schools. As an Academic Partner d’Reen has supported teachers in schools with their R&D projects, NCTL funded Research programmes, and latterly was seconded by South Farnham Teaching School to assist with the coordination of and writing up of the NCTL Assessment Research Project ‘Beyond levels’ 2014.

Additionally she is currently the Co-convener of the Practitioner SIG (Special Interest Group) for BERA (British Education Research Association) and the National Chair of APTE (Association of Partnerships in Teacher Education) with the remit of Research and Publications

Her doctorate was entitled: "Towards a pedagogical partnership with teachers: Professional Learning Schools and the challenges for a Schools Partnership Manager".

Research Summary

Research interests:
•       teacher inquiry and CPD partnerships between schools and/or with HEIs
•       self-study approaches to praxis 
•       Curriculum development for Teaching,
•       Learning and personalisation, regarding visible learning approaches including SOLO Taxonomy, connected curriculum design
•       Resilience in the Professions
•       Synergies between Medical and teacher education   
•       Conceptualising the nature of partnerships in teacher education -  pedagogical, or managerial and may include school-university partnership
•       Reflection as a narrative of identity

Teaching Summary

Since September 2016 d'Reen has also been working on both the EdD programme and MA programmes at UCL-IoE. She teachers on PGCE MA Specialism  and is the Module Lead.   She is a Principal Supervisor for Doctoral students.

Academic Background
2018   Fellowship College of Teachers
2014   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow Roehampton University
2010   Doctor of Education University of Surrey
1982   Master of Arts (Hons) Institute of Education
1976   ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching University of Waikato
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