I am the Faculty Director for School-Based ITE. In this role I have the leadership responsibility for all the School-Based ITE programmes within the School of Teacher Education which includes School Direct, Troops to Teachers and Assessment Only. I am also responsible for our SCITT partnerships.
Whilst my personal experience is in teaching within the Primary phase my work at CCCU has given me the opportunity to work across the Primary and Secondary phase and I now manage programmes and tutors based in both the primary and secondary phases.
My current research interests are in ITE partnerships and School Based ITE programmes. I am interested in how Schools and Universities can work together, each partner maximising their strengths, to provide the best experience and education for those on Initial Teacher Education programmes.
Over my career at CCCU I have held a range of senior leadership and management roles within the Faculty of Education and I am therefore interested in the management and leadership of teacher education and development. I have previously held posts as Faculty Quality Officer and Head of School Partnerships, and within these roles I have been a member of the Faculty Management Team.
Research and knowledge exchange
My research interests have covered a range of fields including:
- Geography Education
- Mathematics Education
- ITE Student Teacher Placements
- Mentor Development
- ITE Partnership Development
Teaching and subject expertise
My teaching expertise has centred on mathematics education (primary) and professional studies. I have contributed to teaching on a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in these areas.
I have expertise in the development and leadership of all aspects of ITE Partnership and Placements and have worked collaboratively with other Higher Education Institutions to re-examine and develop their partnerships. Within this work I have also led and developed mentor training activities and have worked closely on many projects with ITE mentors from schools to analyse and improve their practice.
I have led the development of the systems for the grading of student teachers against the QTS standards at CCCU.
I have been External Examiner for a number of institutions, previously for Newman College, Birmingham and Winchester University. I am currently External Examiner for the PGCE and School Direct programmes at Bishop Grosseteste University
I am a committee member for the Association of Partnership in Teacher Education (APTE)
I am a School Governor on the Strategic Board for a local Multi-Academy Trust
Publications and research outputs
O’Sullivan L. (2003) Novel Novice Project Primary Geographer Volume 50 pages 26 – 27
O’Sullivan L. et al (2005) Reflective Reader: Primary Mathematics Learning Matters
O’Sullivan L Chapter 13: Measures in Taylor H & Harris A (2013) Learning and Teaching Mathematics 0 – 8 Sage Publications
MA(Ed) Dissertation (2002):
“What is the role of subject knowledge in relation to effective mentoring in the primary school”
Presented papers (all co-presented with other CCCU staff):
“Introducing Paired Placements in Primary Professional Placements” NaPTEC Conference – September 2010
“Questions of identity: teachers’ conceptions of the coaching role in funded professional development programmes” BERA Conference – September 2011
“The nature of critical professional reflection on school-based programmes” TEAN Conference – May 2015
“Are We Cultivating Learning in School Based ITE?” TEAN Conference – May 2016