Staff profile

Shirley Hewitt

Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

Shirley Hewitt at a University of Derby Open Day


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Programme Leader for the PGCE Core ITE Programmes and I also run the short course ‘Designated Teacher and Looked after Children’. As well as co-ordinating these specific programmes of study, I teach on the full range of ITE courses at the University of Derby. In addition to my teaching role, I am the Inclusion Co-ordinator and help to support ITE students who require reasonable adjustments in school placements.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the module leader for Professional Studies on the PGCE Core Programme and I also teach the Inclusion Enhancement on the Professional and Curriculum Enhancement module. In addition, I teach sessions which relate to special educational needs, inclusion, behaviour and English as an Additional Language across a range of ITE courses.

The Designated Teacher and Looked after Children short course is aimed at education professionals within school and concentrates on working with vulnerable children, dealing with topics such as attachment, mental health and pedagogical strategies.

Professional interests

I am a qualified primary teacher and am a governor at a local school.

Research interests

My research interests include the education of refugee children, mental health and self-efficacy within the teaching profession. I am particularly keen to research how education policy impacts on professionals in school and whether there is a conflict between policy initiatives and practical teaching within the classroom.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

TEAN Conference: presentation on student self-efficacy and interventions to improve self-efficacy on an undergraduate ITE courses

Experience in industry

I have considerable experience in working in primary schools, qualifying in 1991. I have taught the full primary age-range but spent a considerable number of years teaching in the Foundation Stage. I have also been a nursery school adviser and worked as a family worker within the charity sector.

Recent publications

Research into self-efficacy and emotional resilience (published) as Hewitt, S, Buxton, S, Thomas, A: A New Way of Learning: How can an understanding of self-efficacy and emotional resilience be used to develop successful teaching and learning strategies for students in ITE: TEAN Journal 2017 9:1

A chapter on Mental Health and Refugees in Marshall, J (ed.) 2017 Contemporary Debates in Educational Studies London: Routledge