Dr Bill Esmond

Bill Esmond

Position: Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education: Post 14 (FE & Skills)

College: College of Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Becoming a Teacher

Research Centre: The Institute of Education

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About

I teach on the University's Post-14 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), preparing trainees for teaching roles in Further Education Colleges (FECs), schools and across a range of post-compulsory settings. This programme was recently graded 1 (outstanding) by OFSTED in all categories, the only programme in the country to receive this grade under the new inspection framework, for its successful development of our trainees as effective, research-informed and employable teachers.

Both the PGCE and (undergraduate) Cert Ed. programmes are taught to in-service teachers in FECS across and beyond the East Midlands and I co-ordinate our work with partner colleges.

Additionally, I work with colleagues in and around the FE & Skills team as well as colleagues based in colleges on the development of a research cluster, the Post-compulsory and Vocational Education Cluster. Visit http://www.derby.ac.uk/education/institute-of-education/research-areas/other-research/paver/ for further details. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the University's pre-service PGCE and specialist awards.

I lead the core modules on Curriculum in Context (PGCE) and Curriculum Development for Inclusive Practice (Cert Ed.), exploring the important question of what trainees are expected to teach and why. We examine the forces shaping what is taught in schools and colleges, review contemporary debates about the content of academic and vocational education, and examine the significance of curriculum for educational practice, economy and society. Trainees explore these issues through situational analysis of the curriculum in their own teaching and compare this to models of curriculum.

I also lead a specialist module on Higher Education Teaching in Colleges. At a time when the role of colleges in offering higher education programmes is receiving significant attention nationally and internationally, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the question of how these courses might be taught and to the expectations of the college higher education teacher. This module offers trainees the opportunity to explore their observations of teaching practice and compare this to the expectations of college higher education.

Professional interests

Professional development of teachers in and around the FE & Skills sector; research methods teaching

Research interests

Teaching practices and professionalism in the Further Education & Skills sector: notions of 'dual professionalism'; moral education in preparation for 'skilled' employment

College-based higher education: teaching practices and teacher identities in differentiated institutions; the role of vocational institutions in higher education systems; social justice, social geography and tertiary participation

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014-

Association for Research into Postcompulsory Education

Qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Doctor of Education, University of Sheffield

Postgraduate Certificate in Online Education and Training, Institute of Education, University College London

Masters in Business Administration, Sheffield Hallam University

Recent publications

Papers & Publications 

 

Single-authored Journal Articles:

2015: Part-time Higher Education in English Colleges: Adult identities in diminishing spaces. Studies in the Education of Adults, 47 (1), 23-34. 

2012: ‘I don’t make out how important it is or anything’: Identity and identity formation by part-time higher education students in an English further education college. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 64 (3), 351-364. DOI:10.1080/13636820.2012.691537 

Co-authored journal article:

2015: Research methods teaching in vocational environments: developing critical engagement with knowledge? (with C. Gray, R. Turner, C. Sutton, C. Petersen, S. Stevens, J. Swain, C. Schofield & D. ThackerayJournal of Vocational Education & Training67 (3): 279-293. DOI:10.1080/13636820.2015.1050443

Non-refereed publication:

2014 Higher Vocational Education: Unequal or Different? London, Association of Colleges.

Selected peer-reviewed conference papers:

'Anticipating moral order in the vocational workshop,' British Sociological Association Sociology of Education Study Group Conference, ‘Grit’, Governmentality & the Erasure of Inequality? The Curious Rise of Character Education Policy. King's College, London, 11th July 2016.

'Cross-sectoral teacher education in England: a study of vocational workshop tutors,' Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education Second International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, July 8-10th, 2016.

'Skills and higher education: teaching, knowledge and innovation.’ Research in Post-Compulsory Education Inaugural International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, July 11th, 2014 

 ‘Vocational institutions and practices in the higher education field.’ Journal of Vocational Education and Training Tenth International Conference, Worcester College, Oxford, July 5th, 2013.  

‘Statements of identity: narratives of transition through further/higher education,’ Learning and Skills Research Network Conference, London, December 11th, 2009 (Winner of award for best paper at conference).

Recent conferences

British Sociological Association Sociology of Education Study Group Conference, ‘Grit’, Governmentality & the Erasure of Inequality? The Curious Rise of Character Education Policy. King's College, London, 11th July 2016.

Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education Second International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, July 8-10th, 2016.

Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eleventh International Conference, Worcester College, Oxford, July 4th, 2015.  

Research in Post-Compulsory Education Inaugural International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, July 11th, 2014. 

Additional interests and activities

Journal Reviewer 

Higher Education (Springer)

Experience in industry

Before joining the University, I taught in the Further Education sector for twelve years, including teaching on the University's teacher training programmes in a partner college. Prior to this, I worked in various roles across construction supply and vehicle manufacturing industries.

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