Bronwen Duggan

Bronwen Duggan smiling at camera

PGCE secondary English subject lead

Secondary and Post Compulsory Education

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542083

Bronwen is the subject lead for PGCE Secondary English. She spent 22 years in secondary education, before moving to a career in ITTE. During her time working across three schools, she held various roles including Head of English, whole-school literacy lead and professional mentor for ECTs and trainee teachers. Alongside her responsibilities in school, Bronwen was an examiner for AQA and WJEC.

She joined the university in 2019 and is now subject lead. Having already established herself in the team, her focus is on strengthening consultation and partnership with mentors in placement schools and growing the English cluster group to share best practice. She is also responsible for whole school literacy training across the secondary PGCE.

As part of her wider role in education, Bronwen also has responsibilities in co-planning and delivering the professional studies programme with a focus on behaviour. She is the link tutor for the Prince Henry South Worcestershire SCITT and a visiting fellow for Prince Henry’s Ambition teaching hub, working with new teachers and their mentors on the early career framework.

Bronwen is currently working on her dissertation for her MA in Education, investigating the motivation behind post -16 students’ A level subject choices.


  • BA (hons) English Literature major and Sociology minor: July 1996 (University of Gloucestershire)
  • PGCE in English secondary: July 1997 (University of Gloucestershire)
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: July 2021 (University of Worcester)
  • Fellowship of the HEA: July 2021
  • MA Education (currently studying)

Learn Upon Training completed

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Introduction to the Prevent Duty as it affects Higher Education
  • Safeguarding Essentials

Teaching and Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Developing student vocabulary within the secondary classroom
  • Literacy across the curriculum
  • Developing behaviour for learning
  • Decolonising, diversifying, and democratising the secondary English Literature and Language curriculum
  • Teaching challenging texts at A level

Research Interests:

  • Action research project: developing peer feedback literacy
  • Paper: A critical consideration of Michael Gove’s GCSE English Literature curriculum and the legacy of the single white story
  • Research project: Investigating the reasons for the declining numbers of post 16 pupils choosing to study English at A level

Professional Bodies

  • National Association of Teachers of English. 1997 – present day
  • Chartered College of teaching. 2019-present
  • ColletiveEd. 2020 – present day

External Roles

  • Link Tutor for Prince Henry’s South Worcestershire SCITT 2020 – present
  • Visiting Fellow for Prince Henry’s Ambition teaching hub 2021 -present