Dr Linzi McKerr

Linzi McKerr

Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education

Primary Education

Contact Details

email: l.mckerr@worc.ac.uk

Linzi is a qualified primary and secondary (English) teacher, who joined the University in 2003, after a career teaching across primary, middle and secondary schools in Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and in Scotland.

She enjoys teaching on the primary ITE courses, and is keen to promote the place of art in the primary curriculum; she supervises dissertations in this area. Pastoral and student well-being are a key interest, which involve building positive relationships with trainees both at university and in school.

Linzi’s research interests have always related to the partnership between ITE and schools. She has researched and developed capacity and innovation in placements, and this led to her doctoral research into the identity development of trainee teachers. In turn, this steered the direction of the Developing Self modules on the primary ITE undergraduate course. 

She has also been keen to support the identity of staff in ITE, which led to the development of a taxonomy of staff identity, as well as workshops for developing the individual within a team.





  • Doctor of Education, University of Exeter, 2019   Birth, death and Survival: An Arendtian analysis of pre-service teacher identity on the PGCE route
  • Master of Education (English in Education), University of Birmingham, 1990
  • Bachelor of Education with Primary and Secondary (English) Teaching Qualifications, University of Strathclyde, 1985
  • Fellow of the HEA

 Professional Development

  • Member of UCET Intellectual Base of Teacher Education, 2018-present
  • Strengthscope Positive Psychology Accredited Partner, 2016
  • Member of the Mission Critical University Strategic Thinking Group, 2014-2015
  • External Examiner: University of West of Scotland Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education (PGDE) 2011-2015; University of Dundee 2019-
  • Member of TDA ITT Core Provider Group for Behaviour, 2011
  • Certificate in Team Leadership and Management, 2011
  • CEOP Ambassador, 2010
  • Primary Partnership Lead 2005-2011 through two Outstanding Ofsted inspections (2006, 2009)
  • Accredited Teacher of Higher Education, 2006
  • Course Leader of Graduate Teacher Programme 2003-2005

Learn Upon Training completed

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

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Developing Self: Levels 4, 5 and 6

Research Interests

  • Identity of trainee teachers
  • Staff development through positive psychology

Professional Bodies

  • Member of Chartered College of Teaching
  • Fellow of the HEA


McKerr, L. and Turner, J. (2020) Knowing Me, Knowing You: An Exploration of the Social and Learning Relationships in Teacher-Education Partnerships (Chpt 8) in Kington, A. and Blackmore, K. (eds) Social and Learning Relationships in Primary Schools Bloomsbury

McKerr, L. (2020) Critically reviewing the literature: the ghosts of literature present, past and future (Chpt 10) in Townsend, K., Saunders, M.N.K., Loudon, R. & Morrison, E.A. (Eds) How to Keep your Doctorate on Track: Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences Cheltenham

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.

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

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

Conference presentations

Birth, Death and Survival: using the work of Hannah Arendt to explore pre-service teacher identity on a PGCE course. Linzi McKerr - Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) Conference, May 2019, Krakow

Survival and Worldliness: A Study of Trainee Teacher Identity on the PGCE Route. Linzi McKerr  - UCET Annual Conference, 7th and 8th November 2017, Stratford upon Avon

Framing the transition from teacher to teacher educator: the Taxonomy. Linzi McKerr and Branwen Bingle - 7th TEAN Conference: Cultivating Learning Teacher Educator Advancement Network, May 2016, Birmingham

Framing the transition from teacher to teacher educator: the pilot. Linzi McKerr and Branwen Bingle - 6th TEAN Conference: Knowing About Teaching Teacher Educator Advancement Network, May 2015, Birmingham

Knowing Me, Knowing You: 'Becoming' a teacher - student identity in initial teacher education. Linzi McKerr - 5th TEAN Conference: Achieving the Priorities of Teacher Education Teacher Educator Advancement Network, May 2014, Birmingham

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

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

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

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 

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, Worcester

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

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

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