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Sue Dutson

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: Science & Design Technology

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855082

Sue is a Senior Lecturer within the Institute of Education; she teaches on the Science and Design and Technology programmes. Sue’s career has been varied and initially she worked for the Public Health Laboratory service and then for Shell Research in their Pesticide Residue Analysis laboratories whilst teaching dressmaking to adults at evening classes.


After training to teach, Sue worked in primary and middle schools in Kent and Devon as class teacher, head of mathematics, head of science and curriculum manager. Sue worked for Kent local authority as an advisory teacher before becoming the county advisor for both Science and Design and Technology in the county’s 650 schools. Sue was employed by Kent Curriculum Services Agency, working with other local authorities and ITT providers including Canterbury Christchurch College and University of Greenwich to develop and implement CPD materials and to provide both subject specific and whole school support on a countywide basis, both pre and post Ofsted.


Sue was responsible for writing and delivering countywide INSET programmes for both Science and Design and Technology and for supporting NQTs. She has worked extensively on home-school learning and Headteacher appraisal programmes and is Ofsted accredited, working for Kent’s own KCSA team of inspectors and also on a freelance national basis with other inspection agencies. She is also trained as an additional inspector for Science in ITT.


Whilst at the University of Worcester, Sue was invited to participate in the international ‘Dial:Connect’ project which explored the opportunities provided by children’s engagement with technological activity to develop and enhance their speaking and listening skills.


For 3 consecutive years Sue taught on Project Clue, managed by Ball State University. The programme was set up to support the teaching of science and mathematics to gifted and talented pupils in the schools of Indianapolis. More recently Sue has been involved with the update and rewrite of the new National Curriculum for Design and Technology, together with preparation of non- statutory guidance to support teachers.


Currently Sue is leading a team of trainee teachers to promote Design and Technology in a special school and is also the University’s link tutor for Somerset SCITT.




MI Biol (by examination) London

Higher Diploma in Mathematics and Science for Primary and Middle Years of Schooling



STEM Ambassador

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Primary Science
Primary Design Technology

Research Interests

Impact of current curriculum pressures on teachers and teaching/aggressive/bullying teaching styles

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies







Conference Papers - Eten Conference 2002 Groningen Holland

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Threshold Assessor CEA