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Ms Kate O'Shaughnessy
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  • Lecturer Ba Education Studies
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

  • My background is in teaching. I was accepted onto the Fast Track Teaching programme in 2002 and completed a PGCE in Secondary English in 2003 at the Institute of Education. My teaching career was mainly based in the East End of London. 
  • As a full time teacher posts included Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator, Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator, Head of English, Head of Faculty (Maths and English), Assistant Head i/c Teaching and Learning and Deputy Head/Director of Teaching School. I also set up a bespoke MA programme with the Institute of Education and the Bridge Academy, Hackney. 
  • In 2016 I set up my own education consultancy, OSC Education Ltd, which works with secondary and primary schools, MATs and educational institutions nationally to develop teaching, learning, curriculum and leadership. Projects commissioned by groups including Leicester Primary Partnership, Hackney Learning Trust, Intellectual’s Challenge, ATLAS/Haberdasher’s Federation Teaching School, TBAP Multi-Academy Trust, Kingsford Community School, Conisborough College, Oak Wood School, New College Primary School, Wolsey House Primary school, Doveland’s Primary, Barley Croft Primary. 
  • In 2016 I also became an Associate of UCL Centre for Educational Leadership. As an Associate I have worked with school leaders nationally and internationally on school leadership and education systems. These include: EduCaxia (Spain), Myanmar Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education, New South Wales Department for Education, Ambition Institute, City of London, East London Partnership, Dulwich College, Slough Teaching School Alliance, Cambridge Teaching School Alliance, Hackney Teaching School Alliance, Sevenoaks School. 

Research Summary

  • Completed MA in 2013 and awarded a distinction. Currently completing Phd focused on dialogue and knowledge. 
  • Elected in 2020 as Co-convenor for British Educational Research Association's (BERA) Philosophy of Education Special Interest Group. 
  • 2019 employed as a Researcher for OFSTED's Research and Evaluation team working on national research projects including Curriculum, Lesson Observations and Initial Teacher Education. 
  • Presented papers at conferences including the Philosophy of Education Society (Seattle, 2017), BERA National Conference  (Manchester, 2019) and the BERA National Conference (2021). 
  • Member of BERA, the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB), the Hegel Society and Powerful Knowledge in the Classroom working group. 


  • How valid and reliable is the use of lesson observation in supporting judgements on the quality of education? Ofsted.

  • Curriculum Matters: Ofsted’s Research on the Curriculum. BERA Research Intelligence 138, pp. 28 - 29. 
  •  Learning and Soap Sculptures. Invited by the V&A Museum’s Resident Researcher

Teaching Summary
  • Lecturer on BA Education Studies Degree. Currently teaching on 'Living in a Schooled Society' and 'The Learning Sciences'. Previous courses have included 'How People Learn' and 'Introduction to Education Studies'. 
  • Previous work also includes post-graduate dissertation supervision for MA (TeachFirst) Leadership, including first and second marking. Also marking on MA Leadership (Teach First) Leading and Managing Change and Improvement module, Researching Education and Society. 
  • Personal Tutor for second year BA undergraduate students. 
  • Accredited coach. 
01-AUG-2021 Lecturer Education, Society and Practice UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2017 – 31-JUL-2021 Associate Lecturer Education, Society and Practice UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2016 Associate UCL Centre for Educational Leadership UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2015 – 31-AUG-2016 Deputy Head/Director of Teaching School Senior Leadership Team Burnt Mill Academy Trust, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2010 – 31-AUG-2015 Assistant Principal i/c Teaching and Learning Senior Leadership Team The Bridge Academy, Hackney, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2003 – 31-DEC-2009 Teacher (Secondary English)/Head of English English St Bonaventure's RC School, United Kingdom
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