Liz Fleet

Deputy Dean (Quality Assurance - ITE and Partnership)

Liz Fleet joined the Faculty in September 2009 and is currently in the role of Deputy Dean (QA - The ITE Partnership).  Liz works closely with the Head of Initial Teacher Education and the three Directors of Partnerships; she joint chairs the Partnership's Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee with Keith Greenwood, Co-headteacher at Broomfields Junior School in Warrington.  It is this committee, with members of the Partnership from all phases (Early Years through Primary, Secondary and into Further Education), which examines quality assurance processes, Associate Teacher outcomes and strives to enhance the quality of the Partnership. Liz also has other QA responsibilities in her capacity as the Faculty's representative on the University's Committees for Academic Quality and Enhancement and Student Experience.  Liz represents the University on the Management Committee of the national group, UCET .

Overview

Currently studying an EdD in Teacher Education with the University of Nottingham, Liz has extensive experience in the field of teacher education. Previous posts at the University of Chester include Associate Dean QA, Head of Department (ITE) and elsewhere she has undertaken a Head of Department role (University College Plymouth St. Mark and St. John), and the Award Director PGCE Primary and International Coordinator roles at Liverpool Hope University.

Teaching

Liz's teaching and research interests include student teachers' attitudes towards mathematics, their mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge and also primary languages learning.  Liz has coordinated a team of tutors from across Europe culminating in the successful completion of a bid for European funding.  

As a result the University of Chester has worked in partnership with universities/teacher education authorities in Venice, Seville, Krakow, Berlin and Liverpool. The consortium explored the notion of CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning), an innovative approach to language learning through the wider primary curriculum, and how this might be introduced to student teachers during their initial teacher education programmes.  Liz maintains contact with these University partners and has recently submitted two further European bids which, if successful, will lead to new projects related to both first language learning and English (Polish - dependent on context) as a second language. 

An experienced and skilled primary practitioner, Liz taught in three primary schools and fulfilled senior leadership responsibilitiesbefore entering higher education. She very much enjoys working alongside Associate Teachers and Professional Mentors in school-based contexts.