Staff Profiles


Mrs Jennifer Shearman

Faculty Lead, Enterprise and STEM Partnerships

School: Secondary and Post 16 Initial Teacher Education (ITE)



Profile summary

Partnership Development Lead, Medway Region, 10/2014-present

Cross-school role within the Faculty of Education to further develop, nurture and build sustainable regional, national and international relationships, especially in the Medway region.  Core responsibility to address faculty strategic goals.
Lead of the Fair Education Alliance Impact Goal 3 Working Group, focusing on how building key strengths in areas related to wellbeing and resilience of children can narrow the attainment gap of children from less affluent families.

Lead Mathematics tutor, INSPIRE PGCE, 09/2015-present
Deliver, in partnership with Imperial College, the INSPIRE Mathematics Curriculum Studies programme.  INSPIRE is a PGCE course for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Doctoral and Masters graduates, with a specific focus on inspiring students within lessons, conducting classroom research, and delivering a specialist workshop in an outreach programme. 

Course co-ordinator, Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKE), 09/2015-present
Strategic role in maintaining and developing CCCU’s courses, both for pre-Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students to widen recruitment into teaching shortage subjects, and working in partnership with Teaching School Alliances to train qualified teachers in shortage subjects.

Programme Director, Teach First Programme, South East Region.  07/2012 – 10/2014.
Strategic lead for CCCU’s ITT provision for the South East Teach First participants, embedding the Teach First vision and values (narrowing the achievement gap in Kent and Medway schools) into all aspects of the ITT provision and curriculum.  Analysis of programme data to monitor performance and identify areas for programme development at an early stage.  Experienced and proficient in writing and updating of Self-evaluation Document.

Teach First National Curriculum Lead for Mathematics.  09/2011- 08/2013
Led team of mathematics tutors from 7 universities to co-ordinate the Mathematics Curriculum Studies delivery to Teach First participants.  Responsible for coordination, planning and delivery of an innovative national Mathematics curriculum ensuring regional needs are met in accordance with the Teach First vision.

Teaching and subject expertise

Member of Teaching and Learning Academy, 2014
Fellow of Higher Education Academy, 2014
Professional Development Lead for National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, 2012
Member of Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Canterbury Christ Church University, MA Education: graduated with Distinction in 2014. Dissertation, “Can a Lesson Study adaptation have a positive impact on the development of trainee Teach First Mathematics teachers?” achieved distinction.

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, 2013, with Distinction for Pedagogic Study which evaluated the strategies that Teach First mathematics participants find useful when learning to teach.

Doctorate in Education begun 09/2015

Teach First QTS achieved in July 2005, graduated as an ambassador June 2006, achieved ‘distinction’ in Year 2.

External activities

World Association of Lesson Studies, September 2016: “The impact of Lesson Study as a methodology for improving the teaching of mathematical reasoning in Key Stage 3 pupils.”

Teach First Impact Conference, July 2016: "The importance of narrowing the gap in development of key strengths including Character and Wellbeing between children from high and low income backgrounds"

World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), May 2016: “The Power of Partnership for Social and Emotional Health – a different kind of teaching”.

Canterbury Christ Church University, April 2016: “The possible impact of Lesson Study as a form of teacher Professional Development.”

Canterbury Christ Church University, July 2015: “Can a Lesson Study adaptation have a positive impact on the development of trainee Teach First Mathematics teachers?”

Teacher Education and Advancement Network, June 2014: “Can a Lesson Study adaptation have a positive impact on the development of trainee Teach First Mathematics teachers?”

British Educational Research Association, September 2011: “Learning to Teach First: participants’ perceptions.”


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