Staff Profiles


Ms Justine Earl

Faculty Lead, ITE Partnerships

School: Early Years and Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922141

Profile summary

An experienced lecturer in Initial Teacher education, I am currently the Programme Director for the PGCE Primary part time route into teaching.  This programme allows talented individuals to train to be teachers who are not able to undertake a full time PGCE or school-based course.   Currently I also work extensively on the Teach First programme, supporting participants in the classroom, guiding their academic work and delivering professional development in English.

Over my years at the university I have been responsible for English across PGCE programmes and I have taught on undergraduate and postgraduate ITE programmes with subject areas of English, Primary Languages and Music.   I have also contributed to Master’s programmes, with a focus on language, literacy and children’s literature, with substantial experience of supervising the work of Master’s level students, including supporting them with their final dissertation submissions as well as examining at this level.

My university work has built on years as a primary class teacher and experience with school development as a local authority advisor.  I have continued working on developing school partnerships and supported schools with research and development projects as part of a Christ Church tutor team.  My work has involved leading CPD, both bespoke for individual schools and as a contributor to local authority conferences for head teachers and teachers. 

Research and knowledge exchange

My final Master’s dissertation explored the role of the teacher in small group/ guided reading in the English primary classroom.

 My research interests include

  • Children’s literature and the use of texts in creative approaches to planning.
  • Primary Languages, particularly intercultural understanding
  • The stages of teacher development, the reflective practitioner and the notion of the beginner teacher.

My Teach First work has led to a developing interest in coaching and mentoring and how training teachers can be supported to move swiftly through the stages of development and into a community of practice.

My research has led to accepted conference papers on the texts generated by pupils in the home environment and how these connect with the writing undertaken in school; how teachers select the texts they use in their English teaching and a co-authored paper at the AERA 2011 conference in New Orleans on the role of intercultural learning in the teaching of languages in the English primary school.  

I was part of the research team responsible for the longitudinal study into languages learning at KS2 for the DfES (Cable et al, 2009) and I was involved in data collection, analysis and writing of the interim and final reports.

I am currently exploring the transformative nature of the PGCE part time programme for mature students and will be presenting a paper on this with colleagues at the next TEAN conference. 

Teaching and subject expertise

My main ITE subject is English, but I also have expertise in Primary languages and music.  As a Programme Director I have developed an approach to Professional Studies on the PGCE part time programme that is shaped around they key themes of Values, Learning, Diversity and Professional Development.  These themes also structure students’ reflections on each term of their programme, leading to deeper learning and engagement with key issues.

 I aim to develop student teachers’ reflections through a range of models and to identify what really makes an action or target effective for development.

 As part of the Primary Languages team, I worked with English, French and Spanish colleagues to observe and assess students undertaking professional placements abroad. 

External activities

I am an external examiner at Oxford Brookes University and a primary school governor. 

I am a member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association and the National Association for the Teaching of English.  I have presented at various conferences and delivered CPD for a range of audiences.  

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Publications and research outputs

I have contributed to a range of books designed to support student and qualified teachers in their practice:

Driscoll, P., Lambirth, A and Roden, J. (eds) (2015) The Primary Curriculum, A Creative Approach Sage

Arthur, J. and Cremin T. (eds) 2014 (3rd Edition) Learning to Teach in the Primary School Routledge

Bower, V. (ed) (2011) Creative Ways to Teach Literacy Sage

Lambirth A (ed) 2005 Planning Creative Literacy Lessons Daivd Fulton

Goodwin P. (ed) 2004 Literacy Through Creativity  David Fulton

 Other publications include:

Driscoll, P., Earl, J. and Cable, C (2013) The role and nature of the cultural dimension in primary modern languages in Language Culture and Curriculum 26:2, 146-160, Routledge

Cable, C., P. Driscoll, R. Mitchell, S. Sing, T. Cremin, J. Earl, I. EYeares, B. Holmes, C. Martin and B. Heins. 2010. Primary modern languages: Language learning at key stage 2, a longitudinal study. Final report. The Open University, Christ Church University Canterbury and University of Southampton: DCSF, September 2006 - November 2009.


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