Mr Andy Bloor

Position: Senior Lecturer in ITE & SEND

College: College of Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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Senior Lecturer in ITE & SEND and Pathway Lead for PGCE School Direct (SEND)

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across Initial Teacher Education programmes as well as BA and MA programmes in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Professional interests

My field of interest in SEND is around Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties in children, particularly those with Attachment Disorder and neuro-atypical children.

Research interests

I am interested in Attachment Disorder, in particular relation to its understanding in ITE students.  I am also researching power relationships with vulnerable children with SEMH and all children in volatile critical situations.

Membership of professional bodies

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


MEd Birmingham; BA(Hons) Kent; PGCE Kent

Recent publications

Recent conferences

  • Bloor, A (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) & Ramo Garzarán, R.M. (University of Zaragoza, Teruel, Spain (in absentia)) (2016).  "Comparative study of approaches to teaching inclusive practice in Initial Teacher Education in an English and a Spanish institution." Critical Reflections on Education and Injustice.  Canterbury, UK: June 2016.
  • Bloor, A. (2015)  “Naughty or not: an investigation into Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Attachment Disorder.”  First South Africa Symposia on Teacher Education for Inclusive Education. Vanderbijlpark, South Africa: October 2015

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 7 years in Higher Education, the last 6 of them as the ITE Lead in SEN at Canterbury Christ Church University.

International experience

I recently 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 programmed for delivery in 2017.


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.


International papers have included:

  • Garrido, P., Repulles, F., Sanguesa, J.A., Gallardo, J., Torres, V., Tramullas, J. (University of Zaragoza, Spain) & Bloor, A (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK: (in abstentia)) (2016).  "AINA: Disney Animation Information as Educational Resources." ICALT 2016 : 18th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.  Paris, France: October 2016.
  • Bloor, A (2016).  "A summary of comparative approaches to teaching children with Special Educational Needs in England and Spain."  Researching contemporary education: place, person and purpose.  Canterbury, UK: July 2016.

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

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