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Miss Jane Tillin
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a Lecturer in Primary Education at UCLInstitute of Education (IOE).  After a rich and diverse career in the classroom and at local authority level, I moved into initial teacher education (ITE) in 2014.  Having taught on the primary and early years Teach First programme since 2014, I recently moved to work entirely on the PGCE primary and early years programmes.  In addition to supervising students on their professional practice module in schools, I teach primary English, PSHE and RSE and philosophy for children.  I also run the masters level specialism module in PSHE and RSE, new in 2021.  

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Research Summary

My research interests focus on philosophy for children (P4C),employment based initial teacher training (ITT) and education (ITE) and the university role in new teacher learning.  I began my EdD in 2018 and recent research aimed to investigate the experience of trainees who learn to teach on the Teach First (TF) programme.  You can see a summary of findings in the UCL IOE blog here: School based trainee teachers seek more, not less, of a role for universities | UCL Institute of Education Blog.  The research sought to understand trainee perspectives on the roles of different teacher educators in supporting their developing practice, with a view to considering the implications for the future role of the university in new teacher learning.  

Further research(forthcoming in 2021) has sought to explore the value of training in thepedagogy of P4C for trainee teachers.  I am also currently working with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy to evaluate Philosophy for Children (P4C) materials developed to support dialogue in the home and at school.  

Teaching Summary

I have nearly a decade's experience of teaching across the primary age range in London schools.  In addition to class teacher responsibilities, I took on various additional roles, from Literacy lead to NQT mentor.  A strong working knowledge and understanding of teaching primary and early years children has been built on in my role as professional tutor and lecturer on the Teach First (TF) programme, where I have built student teachers' developing understanding of theories of learning, child development and subject specific pedagogy.  In this role, I have built on my passion for literacy teaching and interest in developing quality classroom talk for learning.  An interest that has led me to develop my practice in the dialogic pedagogy of philosophy for children (P4C), which I now practise and teach in schools and at university level.  In 2019, I became a registered P4C trainer with the internationally recognised charity Sapere (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education).  I currently lead on the development of P4C on the primary PGCE and TF programmes.  This core philosophy underpins my commitment to ensuring student teachers are equipped to support the social and emotional needs of children.  To this end, I have developed and led modules which look to develop primary and early years practitioners understanding of social and emotional development and effective pedagogy in the teaching of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education). 

Wider subjects planned and taught include English, maths, science and wider theory and professional practice sessions, such as perspectives on childhood and behaviour for learning.  My role also includes supporting and assessing Masters level writing.

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