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Linzi McKerr

Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855029

Linzi joined the University of Worcester in 2003 after a career in teaching across primary, middle and secondary schools. She worked as Assistant Head of English, within a department of 19 staff, which included staff training and development.
She has always been keen to mentor student teachers on the undergraduate and post graduate routes in her classroom, and enjoyed the reflection on her professional practice that these experiences offered.

Since joining the University she has developed and led the Graduate Teacher Programme from its evolution as an alternative route into teaching to a successful and thriving Programme, gaining national recognition through Ofsted and TDA accreditation as one of the thirteen best providers in the country. She then moved onto lead Primary Partnership, supporting schools, students and tutors across ITE Programmes and looking at ways in which the partnership could be developed and expanded at the same time as our numbers of student teachers increased with the expansion of the University. This culminated with two successful, outstanding Ofsted inspections which praised the high quality of the partnership.

Linzi enjoys working collaboratively with students and staff, leading into her research areas with other colleagues at the University. She currently leads the Research in Education module which is a key component of the student research projects in their final year of their undergraduate degree and has been jointly responsible for establishing a Student Undergraduate Research Conference to showcase research projects of final year students.
She is also working on doctoral research projects into student teacher professional development.



Master of Education (English in Education) University of Birmingham 1990

Bachelor of Education with Primary and Secondary (English) Teaching Qualifications University of Strathclyde 1985


Professional development

External Examiner: University of West of Scotland Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education 2011 - Present
Member of TDA ITT Core Provider Group for Behaviour 2011
University of Worcester Certificate in Team Leadership and Management 2011
Appointed CEOP Ambassador 2010
Led Primary Partnership through two Outstanding OfSTED inspections (2006, 2009)as Primary Partnership Manager 2005-2011
Co-hosted workshop on Citizenship for Dutch Teachers and Teacher Educators University of Worcester 2008
SEDA Accredited Teacher of Higher Education 2006
HEI Link Tutor Examiner of North Devon SCITT 2005, 2006
Led Graduate Teacher Programme through OfSTED Inspection and through accreditation from TDA 2005

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

On the BA(Hons) in Primary ITE Linzi teaches
Research Methods in Education
Professional Research in a Specialist Subject- Behaviour Management

On the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary ITE she teaches:
PGCE Geography
PSS Art- Masters Level

Research Interests

The role of foundation subjects, especially Art and Geography, in the Primary School

Paired Professional Practice

Collaborative Working

The Professionalism of Student Teachers

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of the National Society for Educators in Art and Design (NSEAD)

Recent Publications and Conferences



McKerr L. & Mathews C. (2007). ‘Using SHEaEP to investigate Rivers at KS2’. Primary Geographer Summer 2007.

McKerr L. & Crabtree H. (2009) Using PMFL to meet QTS Standards in Guidance to accompany the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status and requirements for Initial Teacher Training; TDA 2009

McKerr, L., Stanton, J., Turner, G. Two Heads are Better than One
IASK Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) November 2010

McKerr, L. & Turner, G. (2012) London. Agents for Change: An Investigation into the Emerging Professional within Initial Teacher Education. In: Shoniregun, C. A. & Akmayeva, S. A. (eds.) London International Conference on Education LICE 2012. London, Infonomics Society. pp. 68-71.


Conference presentation: Increasing the Quality and Capacity of placements at Key Stage 1 through APP (Assessing Pupil Progress)
Joy Stanton and Linzi McKerr
TDA Partnership Development Schools Phase 3 Conference April 2009, Birmingham

Conference presentation: Two Heads are Better Than One
Linzi McKerr and Jill Turner
International Association for Scientific Knowledge Teaching and Learning Conference November 2010
Seville, Spain

Conference presentation: The Vital Role of the Arts in Children’s thinking and Learning
Linzi McKerr and Julie Payne
International Journal of Art and design Conference/National Society of Educators in Art and Design (NSEAD), November 2012
Chester, England

Conference presentation:
A Narrative Enquiry into Paired Placements: the life story of a paired placement through the perspectives of 3 pairs of students
Linzi McKerr and Joy Stanton
Supporting Student Learning Conference, June 2012, at University of Worcester

Conference presentation:
Agents for Change: An Investigation into the Emerging Professional within Initial Teacher Education Linzi McKerr and Jill Turner
London International Conference on Education, November 2012, London

Conference presentation:
Embedding Research Methods
Linzi McKerr and Jill Turner
Higher Education Academy Conference on Research Methods in the Social Sciences May 2013, Liverpool

Conference presentation:
Where Have We Come From: Working with students as academic partners
University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, May 2013

Conference presentation:
Developing Professional Identity
Alison Kington, Colin Howard, Linzi McKerr, Wendy Messenger
University of Worcester Research Focus Conference on People, Policy and Practice, October 2013, Worcester

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities