Merelina Houghton

Merelina Houghton is a core tutor on the Primary PGCE programme and is also involved in working on the Undergraduate routes into teaching. She is the BGU lead for a local School Direct cluster. Merelina first joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2010, as a Visiting Tutor, teaching on the Foundation Degree for Learning Practitioners, also doing placement supervision on the BA in Early Childhood Studies (both in the former School of Culture, Education and Innovation) and working as a placement link tutor on the Primary PGCE. She joined the permanent Primary PGCE team in 2011. Prior to joining BGU, Merelina taught in a range of primary schools, specialising in leading Literacy and Religious Education. She has also worked abroad, teaching English as a foreign language. Merelina is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching Merelina teaches on the Primary PGCE across a range of professional issues and in her areas of specialism (English and Religious Education). She also teaches on the BA in Primary Education, supporting in Phonics and teaching on the inclusion of children with Down syndrome. Her key responsibilities are as one of the subject specialism tutors for English (including Phonics) and leading the first of two PGCE academic modules: Significant Incidents in Professional Development.

Merelina’s MEd (Literacy) research involved looking at ‘Children’s tastes in reading’. At BGU, she has conducted ‘An analysis of the impact of BGU Partnership training on Primary PGCE trainees’ confidence in teaching Religious Education.’ Merelina is currently engaged in narrative research for her doctoral studies on the ‘Educational Journeys of Children with Down syndrome’, with a focus on what their experiences have to teach us as education professionals.