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Derval Carey-Jenkins

Primary School Direct Coordinator & Principal Lecturer in Primary Education

Institute of Education

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tel: 01905 857539

Derval Carey-Jenkins is a Principal Lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy within the Institute of Education. She is also course leader for the Ofsted Outstanding (2010)  Primary PGCE Course where she teaches on  Masters’ led Primary Pedagogy and Management (PAM), Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and English programmes. She joined the Institute in January 2009. Derval graduated with a Bachelor of Education from St Marys’ College, Queen’s University, Belfast and began her teaching career as a primary school teacher in 1986. She worked for 23 years in a variety of schools in East London and the West Midlands. Derval was a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher in Worcestershire and Shropshire. She also spent three years as an Advisory support teacher with the West Midlands Education Service for Travelling.


Derval has developed a keen research interest in values, system leadership, change management and curriculum design. These interests are driven by a personal and professional passion for equality, inclusion and entitlement. Her Masters’ dissertation in 2007 focussed on leadership challenges facing Primary School Headteachers in the 21st century. Using a qualitative, constructivist approach she explored key issues around tensions that may exist between policy makers and policy deliverers. The study concluded that there is a need for open and transparent dialogue amongst all involved leading to developing a shared national vision of Education in the 21st Century. In 2010 she was the recipient of the prestigious University Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) scholarship .Derval used the funding for this to build on her previous work by travelling to Finland to develop an understanding of the extent to which Finnish Education and Teacher training are underpinned by key societal values. This was achieved through observations, questionnaires and interviews with a range of staff, parent/carers and pupils in both University led Teacher training schools and a local Primary school. Her report is available at She presented her findings at the 2010 UCET annual conference. Derval had also completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education focusing her research in Women In Leadership and the disparity that exists for women in achieving top leadership roles, for to, for example, gender, perceptions, barriers and the concept of the “glass ceiling” and the “glass cliff.”


Professional Qualifications:  

Bachelor of Education. St Mary’s College. Queen’s University, Belfast (1985)

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), 2000

PGCE in Effective Early Learning (EELs) - University of Worcester, 2005

MSc Educational Leadership and Management - University of Worcester, 2007

PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - University of Worcester, 2012

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2012


Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Primary and Early Years Education, SEND, Pedagogy and Management, Primary English

Research Interests

Comparative education with a particular interest in the Finnish system and Teacher Education. Leadership and Change Management. Curriculum design for 21st Century learning.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Higher Education Academy -  Fellow

Cambridge Primary Review Network - Member

National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths - Member

Escalate Education Subject Centre - Member

United Kingdom Literacy Association Regional - Representative

Children’s Mathematical Network -  Member

The Historical Association - Member



Carey-Jenkins, D (2010) Societal Values and Principles in Education and Initial Teacher Education – A Finnish Perspective. In: Universities’ Council for Teacher Education (UCET) Annual Conference November 2010. 10th -11th November, Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire, UK (unpublished)

Jordan et al (2011) Trainee Teachers’ Perceptions of the Values behind the Primary Curriculum in England and the Potential Significance for Future Professional Development. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education Volume 9 Number 3 2010

Carey-Jenkins, D (2011) Societal values, cultures and principles in Primary Education and Teacher Training- A Finnish Perspective .In: University of Worcester Education and Social Research Conference, 12th May 2011, University of Worcester.

Barrell, R & Carey-Jenkins, D (2012) Circles and Pillars: Supporting Students Towards a Connective Pedagogy for Inclusive Practice. TEAN Creating Effective Teachers Conference, 18th May, Conference Aston, Birmingham

Carey-Jenkins, D (2012) Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges in Primary Education A professional discussion. Effective School improvement 23rd April 2012 .University of Worcester 

Carey-Jenkins, D (2012) Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges in Primary Education A professional discussion. Effective School l Improvement Symposium. 11th January 2012 .University of Worcester 

Carey-Jenkins,D (2012) Equality and Diversity in Primary ITE. Institute of Education Staff Development Day. June 10th 2011. University of Worcester.

Carey-Jenkins, D(2012) International Dimensions: Policy And Practice. Festival of Leadership, University of Worcester. 4th July 2012

Carey-Jenkins, D. (2012) Refereed “Integrating and Evaluating Entrepreneurship Education in Teacher Education -Facing the Demands of the Changing European Social and Economic System" for European Journal of Teacher Education. June 2012 

Carey-Jenkins, D. (2012) Reviewed Book proposal – SAGE – Children’s Voice – May 2012

Forthcoming chapter Reed et al : Early Childhood Studies: a Critical Companion – Chapter 16 – publication 2014 The chapter will critically examine contemporary developments in relation to the curriculum and the way professionals are required to adapt and respond to curriculum change.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

September 2009 -2013 University of Northampton PGCE Early Years - External Examiner 

February 2011 University of Worcester – Periodic Review Panel member - BA(Hons) Integrated Early Childhood Studies (Top up) &
BA Early Childhood Studies (Practitioner Options)

April 2011 University of Worcester – Institute of Education- Internal Scrutiny of Documentation of Periodic Reviews - UCPD/BAED(Hons)
March 2012 University of Worcester , Institute of Health and Society
Course re approval - BSc Honours Midwifery

September 2010-2014- University of Derby: 3 Year Undergraduate & PGCE Primary - External Examiner

STEM Ambassador

As a Principal Lecturer and Member of the Institute Management Team – chairing exam boards, supporting and advising on Periodic Reviews.