Staff profile

Andy Bloor

Programme Lead: iPGCE and iQTS


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education, University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, University of Derby Online Learning



I am Programme Lead for iPGCE and iQTS courses, and Senior Lecturer in International Education.

Teaching responsibilities

I am Programme Lead on the two international teacher education courses, the iPGCE and the iQTS.  I also teach across all Initial Teacher Education programmes, specifically in the field of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion.

Professional interests

My fields of interest are international and comparative education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  Within this, my precise areas of interest are around Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties in children, particularly those with Attachment Disorder and neuro-atypical children.

I am currently co-chair of the university Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN) and a member of the LGBTQ+ staff network, as part of which I represent the University at the UK HEI 'Network of Networks'.

Research interests

I am interested in Attachment Disorder, in particular relation to its understanding in ITE students. I am also researching critical disability theory and institutional ethnography, particularly around university students and staff with invisible disabilities.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I spent over 20 years as a teacher in Primary and Secondary education, including working in Pupil Referral Unit and as an Advisory Teacher for Behaviour across 21 schools in West London. I have spent the last fourteen years in Higher Education, predominantly focussing on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

International experience

I am Programme Lead of the two international teacher education courses (iPGCE and iQTS).  I recently completed work on the ERASMUS+ project 'All Inc', looking at LGBTQ+ friendly schools in the UK and Europe.

I have also worked as an International Adviser to the World Bank, on a project looking at SEN in-service training for Palestinian teachers. This involved a site visit to Palestine and working closely with Palestinian colleagues top devise a structured program for delivery in 2017. This work won the 2018 Times Higher Education International Impact Award.

I have also worked in Vietnam, establishing partnership agreements for bilateral exchanges and as a researcher and teacher as part of ERASMUS+ funded exchange with the University of Zaragoza in Teurel, Spain.  In the last 2 years, I have supported bilateral ERASMUS exchanges with students in Nijmegen and Zwolle, in the Netherlands.

I have most recently undertaken research in California, US looking at the language teachers use around SEND and Inclusion.  This fully-funded project was the first stage of a multi-national investigation.

International papers have included:

The ICALT paper was awarded the best paper in conference prize.

Additional interests and activities


Recent publications


A crowd at a Black Lives Matter protest holding cardboard signs

Andy Bloor, Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby, explains why he feels the #BlackoutTuesday campaign on 2 June 2020 did not send out the right message.