Staff profile

Sally Greasley

Programme Leader PGCE (Core) Primary Initial Teacher Education Senior Lecturer in ITE


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Programme Leader of the university based  Post-Graduate initial teacher education course (PGCE Primary with QTS and curriculum enhancement). This is a year long course which prepares post graduate students for a career in the primary classroom. 

I trained as an undergraduate with the University of Derby completing my degree just after the millenium. I then spent 12 years in the primary classroom before returning to Derby to teach on both the UG and PG ITE courses.

I began my Masters degree in 2013, completing it with a dissertation about the role of the Governing Body in Primary Schools.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach English on the Curriculum module of the PGCE course and support all areas of study in the National Curriculum.

I also teach and lead a module on the PGCE course called Raising Aspirations and Achievement which looks at the different barriers to learning that childen may encounter and how teachers can make their classrooms inclusive.

I lead the Curriculum Enhancement module on the PGCE and teach the English component here  too.

Research interests

I am interested in the perceived value of work-based learning in Initial Teacher Education courses.

I am also researching governors' perceived understanding of their role in school improvement.


Experience in industry

12 years of primary teaching experience covering the full 5-11 age range.

I was part of the national initiative Every Child a Writer - this initiative supported both teachers  (teaching writing creatively) and children (raising aspirations and achievement).

Prior to teaching, I spent 15 years working in the banking industry dealing with investments and borrowing.