Staff Profiles



Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Hall Place, Harbledown

Tel: 01227 923643

Profile summary

Ian is a Senior Lecturer, teaching on a range of programmes, including BA/BSc Early Childhood Studies, the BA & MA SENi. He has also taught on the MAEd degrees and the National Award for Special Needs Coordinators and BSc Psychology. He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a supervisor for both undergraduate and post graduate dissertations, as well as module lead and year coordinator.

Before this he was part of the Quality in Study Support and Extended Services team working nationally with schools, local authorities, private providers and voluntary and community groups to develop their provision.

He is involved in a number research projects for the university within the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, the Business School and Faculty of Law & Criminology. These have included impact evaluations, social return on investment studies and organisational culture change. 

Before joining the University he was as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University working with overseas groups on their MA in Education Research and Evidence Based Practice module.  He also worked as a Psychologist for the National Policing Improvement Agency. In this role, he delivered a variety of training to police forces, including assessor training and competency based interviewing. He also assisted in the delivery, management and quality assurance of national assessment centres for middle and senior officer promotion as well a quality assuring initial police recruit training across the country.  Prior to this he was a Psychology Lecturer and course leader in Further Education. Amongst the course he led and taught on were GCSE, AS/A Level, Access to Teacher Training and Academic studies and the BTEC National Diploma in Public Service. He was an Access moderator and CCCU associate tutor on their Cert.Ed programme as well as a PGCE mentor.

Research and knowledge exchange

Currently Ian is engaged in research into workplace bullying in the public sector, the impact of instilling financial literacy into school leavers and the effective of a culture change initiative in a police force.

2017, he was part of a team evaluating the effectiveness of a school’s programme aimed at the integration of unaccompanied children refugee children.

2013 part of a team with the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing investigating how schools support children with life limiting and life threatening conditions. This has resulted in the publication of a handbook for school published in 2017.

2013 with the Business School he was part of the team which began research in into visitor impressions and SORI of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, he findings of which have been presented to parliament.

2014 part of a team commissioned by MENCAP to evaluate over a year the impact of their Inspired Educators project to enhance schools use of Teaching Assistants for pupils with Special Educational Needs.  This was a national project involving over 1000 teachers.

2013 he conducted research into schools use of the Pupil Premium.

During 2011 Ian led an evaluation of Kent’s Extended Services commissioned by Kent County Council.  The subsequent report has been disseminated by KCC to their select committee and a conference in Belgium.

In 2011 Ian was part of the team who conducted research on behalf of the Office of the Children Commissioner into school exclusions in England.  During 2010-2011 Ian was the research manager for the Kent Youth Community Action Pilot.

Teaching and subject expertise

Ian is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) of the British Psychological Society and so a BPS Test User: Occupational, Ability and Personality Test. This is by virtue of holding Certificate of Competence in Occupational testing (level A & B1 & B2) and  European Test User Certificate (level 2): Accredited by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).

As well as being a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a full member of the Division of Occupational Psychology he is registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and on the register of Expert Witnesses.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He is a qualified OSPRE® (objective structured objective, structure promotion, related examination) assessor and role actor. He has also been part of the OSPRE® and senior selection management team for police promotions.

He has also delivered a number of courses to local authorities around the country. 

Before joining the University, he delivered assessor and interview training as part of his work with the NPIA. He also worked in Further Education delivering Psychology courses and teacher training to 16-19 year olds and mature students. He was also an OCN moderator, for Adult Accesses courses in Kent.

His current teaching focuses on child development, SEN, leadership and management, research and methodology.  The BSc/ BA in Early Childhood Studies, National Award for SEN coordination and the BA Top up degree in Child development. He has also lectured on the BSc Psychology degree, as the module convenor for ‘Psychology and the Changing world of work’.

He has taught on the MA in Education for CCCU and the Open University.

Ian has also spoken to undergraduate at both the University of Kent and CCCU about careers in Occupational Psychology. 

External activities

2017, 1st Annual Special needs and Inclusion. Professional Communities Conference. CCCU, Ian presented his teams work in supporting children with life limiting illnesses.

2016, he presented s work into organisational culture and employees perceptions of working relations at the British Transport Police Research Day

2016 Celebration of Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, presented his research into workplace bullying in the public sector.

In the 2015 Post Graduate Research Conference, CCCU and 2016 Celebration of Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, Ian presented the initial findings of his research into workplace bullying a critical incidence study in the public sector.

In 2014, with a colleague Ian presented the findings of their research into school provision for children with life limiting illnesses at the annual BERA conference in London.

He is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and as such has presented the University of Kent Psychology society about working as an Occupational Psychologist.

2012 Ian presented his research on the Impact of Extended Services in Kent at the QiSS Behaviour, attendance and engagement with learning. How quality provision can impact on these important issues for children and young people, conference at the British Library.

He also delivered a workshop the Canterbury Christ Church University MA student conference.

Ian has also presented a number of workshops related to questionaries’ design and impact measurement at a Supplementary School Conference in Northamptonshire and QiSS National Conferences in York and Canterbury.

2011 he presented a paper at the American Educational Research Association’s international conference in New Orleans. This paper was entitled Schools and Their Communities: Pupil and Teacher Perceptions of Community Action.

He has worked with a number of partners, including ContinYou and UFA and a number of local authorities giving presentations as well as delivering workshops and short training courses related to out of hours learning, critical friendship, data handling and quality assurance.

As a regional coordinator for QiSS, he provided consultancy support for local authorities and chaired regional network meetings.

Publications and research outputs

Robinson, S., Ekins, A., Durrant, I. and Summers, K. Teachers communicating about life-limiting conditions, death and bereavement, Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development  (in press)

Peterson, A, Meehan, C, Durrant, I & Ali, Z. (2017)  Inclusive educational provision for newly-arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children: A study in a single school in Kent. Research Report. National Network for Collaborative Outreach, Kent & Medway Progression Federation. Canterbury Christ Church University.

Ekins. A, Robinson. S, Durrant. I & Summers. K, (2017) Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions. A Practical Handbook for Teachers, Children and Their Families. Routledge.

Durrant, I (2016) Workplace bullying: have psychological explanations been looking in the wrong place? in South West Review. The British Psychological Society South West of England Branch. Spring 2016

Ellis, S, Durrant, I and Graham-Matheson, L (2015) Evaluation of Mencap’s Inspired Educators Project

Durrant, I, Robinson, S, Summers, C, Ekins, A & Jones, H  (2015) Teaching for Life.  Full Report. ISBN 978-1-909067-48-6

Durrant  I &  Twyman, A (2015)  Understanding Leadership  in Ekins, A  (2015) The Changing face of Special Educational Needs (2nd Ed). Routledge

Peterson A, Durrant  I & Bentley B (2015) ‘Student Teachers’ Expectations and Understandings of Their Role as Civic Educators: An Initial Exploration’. British Educational Research Journal.  Vo. 42, No.2 April 2015, pp. 343-364

Durrant, I & Shepherdson K J (2013) Earning its Keep. A Social Return on Investment Study of CCCU Arts & Culture at the Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs ISBN: 978-0-9571637-6-8

Peterson A & Durrant  I, (2013) School leaders' perceptions of the impact of extended services on families and communities: the case of one local authority. Educational Management Leadership Administration, (41 (6) 718-735)

Durrant I, Peterson A, Hoult, E and  Leith, L (2011)  Pupil and teacher perceptions of community action: an English context. Educational Research Vol. 54, No. 3, September 2012, 259–283


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