Elizabeth Farrar
Senior Lecturer Primary
School of Teacher Development

Senior Lecturer – Primary
Teaching & Learning Advocate – School of TD

Mini Biography

Elizabeth joined BGU in September 2015 having been a Head Teacher for 6 years.  Under her leadership the school moved from Requires Improvement to be judged as Good with Outstanding for behaviour and safety at its last Ofsted inspection.  She was involved in close collaborative working with other North Lincolnshire primary schools, including carrying out Teaching and Learning Reviews.  Elizabeth has worked with many ITT students, and was the School Based Mentor for BGU placements at her own school.  She has taught across the Primary age range, specialising in 7 – 11 years, and has been subject leader in English, ICT, Geography and PSHE.  Before moving into Primary education, Elizabeth taught English in the Secondary age phase.  Elizabeth was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Teaching

Elizabeth teaches mainly on the Primary PGCE modules and is a group tutor for this course.  Her teaching interests include Grammar and Standard English, Literacy and Assessment.  She is research tutor and University based mentor for undergraduate students.  Elizabeth also delivers aspects of the Mentoring and Coaching course that BGU offers to those who are supporting our current trainees or our NQTs.  She is the Teaching and Learning Advocate for the School of Teacher Development.

Research

Elizabeth completed her MA in Education at BGU in 2007.  Her research topic ‘Of Mice And Children’ examined pupils’ perceptions of ICT, exploring their home and school experiences, in order to consider ways to improve the provision and employment of technology in school.  She is interested in the fields of sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology.  For Elizabeth’s current doctoral research she is exploring the educational issues surrounding poverty of language in primary school age pupils, and in particular how ITT students’ perception of this issue may affect their practice.