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Branwen Bingle

Course Leader BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion and Senior Lecturer in Education

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 54 2062

Having always been a committed mentor of students in the classroom, Branwen moved from Primary teaching into initial teacher education in 2008. Her career path to date has been anything but straightforward: she has been a supply teacher and support assistant for Service Children’s Education; a basic skills tutor working with adults in the military; a private day nursery teacher working with 3 & 4 year olds; a Secondary English teacher working across KS3 and 4, including the teaching of GCSE English; and a subject leader for English in two Worcestershire Middle schools. Throughout her experience she has been driven by a passion for learning alongside a commitment to teaching that made ITE an obvious step, and Worcester has provided her with an outstanding opportunity to develop professionally. Since March 2016 Branwen has been the course leader for the BA Hons Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion degree.

Since joining the University Branwen has successfully undertaken the role of Learning and Teaching representative and Undergraduate Placements Co-ordinator. She is currently working on doctoral research into children’s literature and its potential influence on professional identity construction/aspiration with the UW Graduate Research School.  


2010 – Present PhD University of Worcester: Those who can, teach: the formative influence of socio-cultural constructions of teachers in children’s literature on learners’ notions of teaching.

2010 University of Worcester PG level module Mentoring and Coaching: Pass (distinction) 20 credits

2010 University of Worcester PGCert Learning and Teaching in HE

2008 Open University MA Ed Applied Linguistics

2008 Open University PGCert Professional Studies in Education

2007 Open University PGCert Social Sciences

1997 University of Reading BA Ed Hons (QTS) Drama with English

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

BA(Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion: Introduction to SEND; Overcoming barriers to learning Education Studies (various modules)

Also Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (including tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools)

Research Interests:

Applied Linguistics
Children’s Literature
Citizenship and Identity
Current funded projects -
UK Lead on Erasmus+ We Are Europe Project

Current unfunded projects -
Tales from the Watershed: A study of primary teachers' mid-career identity (Lead: Dr Alison Kington)
Framing the transition from Teacher to Teacher-Educator: developing a taxonomy of career identity (with Linzi McKerr)

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the HEA

Member of UKLA

Member of IRSCL






Horton, S., Beattie, L. and Bingle, B (2015) Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary School. London, Sage/Learning Matters

Horton, S. and Bingle, B (2014) Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary School. London, Sage/Learning Matters

Horton, S. and Bingle, B (2014) Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary School. London, Sage/Learning Matters

Robinson, C., Bingle, B. & Howard, C. (2013) Primary School Placements: A Critical Guide to Outstanding Teaching. Cheshire, Critical Publishing. 

Journal Articles/ Published Conference Papers
Bingle, B. (2011) Images of teachers in children's literature and their messages for ITE, UKLA 

Hughes, S., Bingle, B., Crabtree, H., Irving, S., Perrigo, A., Robinson, C., Stanton, J., Watson, R. & Whittenbury, J. (2011) Mentoring and Coaching stories – the learning journeys of lecturers undertaking Post Graduate study in Mentoring and Coaching, Worcester Journal of Learning & Teaching Issue

Beattie, B. (2007) Succession Planning Pilot – Action Research presentation, TLA/ GTC

Conference Presentations

Bingle, B. (2014) “Miss Honey or Miss Trunchbull? An Exploration of the Cultural Portrayal of Teachers in Children’s Literature”. Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Worcester

Bingle, B. (2014) “The politics of teaching children's literature within the English Primary curriculum”. 50th UKLA Annual Conference, University of Sussex

Bingle, B. (2013) “’Through Reading in Particular…’: The Place of the Children’s Book within the English Primary
Educational Experience”. 21st IRSCL International Conference, University of Maastricht

Bingle, B. & Horton, S. (2013) /B/lend Me Your Ears: debating the place of successive oral blending as the prime approach of the Prime Approach. 49th UKLA International Conference, Liverpool Hope University

Bingle, B. (2011) Images of teachers in children's literature and their messages for ITE. 47th UKLA International Conference, University of Chester

Beattie, B. (2009) A sense of self: recognising the issues and complexities of establishing a cultural identity within a rural school context. 5th Annual ESCalate ITE Conference, Glyndwr University
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External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

2013 – Present: External examiner for both BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11) with QTS and Troops to Teachers non-graduate ITT programme, University of Brighton

2009 - present CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) Ambassador