Staff Profiles


Mr Ralph Leighton

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Teacher Education and Development (SOTED)

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923154

Profile summary

Previously taught in Kent schools for over 20 years, as well as part-time at Mid-Kent College and the University of Kent Law School. Teaching responsibilities are primarily related to 11-18 PGCE Citizenship. Research interests concern the nature of citizenship education and its potential to facilitate social change.

Research and knowledge exchange

Currently involved in international research examining pupils' perceptions of citizenship in education. For several years Ralph was involved in NAGTY summer schools and, for over 20 years, was involved in GCSE and A level examining - including 5 years as Chief Examiner for GCSE Social Science. Other notable activities have included:

2007 Workshop for Music for Change to develop effective planning and classroom presence

2006 Commissioned by Aim Higher to develop teaching materials on Regeneration and re-engagement

2006 Consultancy with BBC/AtticMedia to develop PSHE interactive program and website

2006 Consultancy with DEFRA/Tesco/RA/AtticMedia to develop cross-curricular tools and competition on the theme of sustainable development, launched 8/6/07 at

2005 EU interreg project onEuropean citizenship education with IUFM de L'académie de Rouen (Mont-Saint-Aignan)

2005 Co-operation with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan   University, South Africa, on developing citizenship education.

2005 Reviewed proposals for Canadian Society for the Study of Education/Citizenship Education   Research Network conference

2004 Research commissioned by Citized into influence of teacher perceptions of Citizenship education on its delivery, status and effectiveness.

2004 ‘Post 14 Citizenship Examinations Pack’, sponsored by TTA/citized, for use by tutors in initial teacher training.

1999/2000  Collaborative research with Dr Richenda Power, Open University, into the experiences and consequences of marginalisation in the sociological community.

Teaching and subject expertise

As a school teacher - Sociology, Politics, Psychology, RE, Economics

At CCCU - leadership of PGCE Citizenship (11-18).

Member at various times of:

British Sociological Association, AQA GCSE Social Science Senior Examiners Group, AQA GCSE Social Science and Citizenship Guidance Group, AQA Citizenship Specification Development Group, General Teaching Council, Association of Citizenship Teachers, WEDG.

Currently a member of:


World Education Development Group

Society for Educational Studies

Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Association

External activities

Previously a regular presenter at BSA, and currently a regular contributor to CitizEd and CiCeA conferences.


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