Staff profile

Duncan Anderson

Course Director: Institute of Education

Duncan Anderson


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Course Director for the Institue of Education. My role is to lead on the development of the programmes and respond to the needs of students in ensuring that their course experience is of a high standard.  I work a lot with programme leaders and discpline leads to evaluate provision and enhance the Institute's offer for students, current and prospective.   Student voice is an aimportant element of my role.  I am a personal professional academic tutor and undertake school visits to assess practical teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training courses.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across a range of modules on the BEd with QTS and MEdu with QTS, especially those connected with research, Teacher Inquiry and Inclusion.

Research interests

I am currently undertaking my Doctorate in Education and am particularly interested in how school leaders shape and imagine the communities in which their schools are situated. My other research interests are in rural education and alternative models of schooling. As a linguist, language and language use forms a fundamental basis for much of my research interests.

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

I have a wide range of teaching experience covering ages 6 to 18 and in a variety of settings, including primary schools, secondary schools and alternative provision. I have been Head of Key Stage, Head of Year and was an Assistant Head Teacher in a large secondary school. I have worked as an Assistant SENCo and in nurture provision too. I started teaching in 1999 and joined the University in September 2015.

International experience

For two years, I have delivered Continuing Professional Development in Kolkata and Durgapur, India focused on dialogue and the use of talk to engage learners in large classroom settings.

I have attended the Educational Role of Language Conference in Gdansk, Poland.

Recent publications

Poultney, V. A. & Anderson, D. B. (2019) ‘Leading change for survival: the rural flexi-school approach’ Management in Education

Poultney, V. A. & Anderson, D. B. (2019) Leading change for survival: the rural flexi-school approach [Blog] Leading change for survival: the rural flexi-school approach. Available at: