Jason completed his PGCE at the University of East Anglia in 1995. Since that time he has undertaken a range of teaching and leadership roles in Kent and Medway which have included work as a leading teacher in partnership with the local authority and Deputy Headship in a local primary school. After the completion of his NPQH, Jason was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education here at Canterbury Christ Church University. Since this appointment in 2010, he has taught and supported students across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate pathways and programmes within initial teacher education. In addition to his teaching role, Jason has had a number of key cross-faculty roles which include:
- Partnership Development Leader – responsibility for maintaining and developing strategic partnerships with schools and a range of other national and international organisations
- Mentor Development – working with colleagues from school and university to plan and deliver a suite of materials for a new Mentor Development Programme
- Placement Leadership (BA Yr1) – leading implementation of a new model of professional placement for undergraduate students.
After the successful completion of an MA in Education in 2012, Jason is currently undertaking his Doctoral studies. Jason’s research interests include the relationship between education policy and classroom practice and the role of faith and religion in education.
Jason is an external examiner for the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Publications and research outputs
Mellor, J. (2014) ‘A few Good Men: Why do so Few Men Choose a Career in Primary Education?’, in Sangster, M. (ed.) Challenging Perceptions in Primary Education, London: Bloomsbury
Mellor, J., Gillespie, A. & Revell, L. (2014) ‘Student Teachers: An Appetite For Secularism?’, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (BERA)Institute of Education, London, 23rd - 25th September
Mellor, J. (2012) Primary Education: A Return to Rigour? A Critical Analysis of how Current Issues and Future Directions are ‘Constructed’ in Coalition Government Education Policy Messages (2010-2012), Unpublished Masters Thesis. Canterbury Christ Church University