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Investment in New Director of Education

Released: 08.06.15

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A NEW Director of Teacher Education has been appointed in the Faculty of Education at the University of St Mark & St John.

The new role further demonstrates the University’s commitment to teacher education and teacher development.

Gill Golder has been appointed to the position following a previous role as Department Head for Physical and Coach Education and Academic Lead for Secondary Education. She is a highly skilled leader in her field, presenting at National conferences and symposia. She joined the University after a successful career in teaching and management in schools and has worked at the University for nine years.

Dr Ian Luke, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, said: “I am absolutely delighted with Gill’s appointment and the opportunity to build upon the University’s outstanding teacher education partnership.

“We are building upon very effective education networks in the region, with Plymouth Learning Partnership, Truro and Exeter Dioceses, Cooperative Trusts, and several teaching school alliances working together with great success.”

The new Director of Teacher Education, Gill Golder, added: “My role will be to work in partnership to support schools to respond to an increased focus on pupil progress, ensuring that teachers are prepared for a new educational climate, and enabling research to inform practice, both in school and at University.”

“I’m looking forward to developing an holistic, values-based approach for developing pupil achievement and progress and to enhance the opportunities of young people.’

The news comes follows a successful OFSTED inspection for the University of St Mark & St John which also hosted and presented at OFSTEDs Best Practice Symposium for the South West recently. The University has also gone up in the Guardian 2015 league tables for Education and rating highest of the South West Universities.  

For more information about partnerships with the University of St Mark & St John, contact Gill Golder by emailing,  Alternatively telephone 01752 676700 extension 3628. 

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