Paul Brenham – Foster
Senior Lecturer
School of Teacher Development

Senior Lecturer

Paul is a graduate of the University of North Wales, Bangor and has taught in Primary Education for over 16 years, specialising in Early Years Education. Before becoming a full time member of the Academic Staff at BGU, Paul was seconded to the University from Derbyshire’s largest Nursery and Infant School, where he was a member of the Senior Management Team, Foundation Co-ordinator and Nursery Teacher, overseeing a department of 16 teaching staff and teaching assistants and over 200 foundation stage children. In February 2014, Paul was identified by OFSTED as an outstanding teacher, leader and manager.

Previously, Paul was Assistant Headteacher of a Derby City School who became one of the first full service extended schools and had a children’s centre attached. Paul played a lead management role in setting up the provision including breakfast and after school clubs, daycare and holiday playschemes which lead to involvement and accreditation from Derby Children’s University for children’s out of lesson learning. Paul was involved in developing the role of Teaching Assistants as remodelling the workforce was introduced.

Paul has been involved with delivering training seminars and conferences for local authorities on Out of Hours Learning, Ensuring Outstanding Early Years Provision, Computing and New Technologies and was part of the Inner London Whiteboard Project in 2004.

Although Paul has taught throughout the primary phase as a specialist in computing and new technologies, his passion is within Early Years, working with aspects such as physical literacy, drama and developing early imagination skills. As part of his management role within Early Years, Paul has been involved in moderation and training events as part of a cluster of Nursery and Infant schools.

Paul was one of the staff who set up Derby Children’s University, allowing children to gain accreditation for their Out of Hours Learning, writing and delivering custom course content.

Paul has a long history of ITT, previously being on the Academic Board of Derby University for its Graduate Teacher Program and being a School Based Mentor for both Derby and Nottingham Trent Universities.

Teaching

Paul is the Cohort Leader for the PCGE 3-7 programme and has taught across the range of programmes at BGU for Early Years, Computing and Design and Technology. He has also supervised students on school placements as a University Based Mentor.

He is also a member of the following Academic Teams:

  • Early Years
  • Early Years Assessment
  • English – Drama
  • Computing and New Technologies

Consultancy and Projects

New Technologies Consultant for TTS (Technology Teaching Systems) which includes product development and design for new school resources such as LogBox, evaluating current technology and writing teacher materials for the Multi-Award winning Beebot and the ‘Focus on Beebot’ educational software.