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Richard Pountney, Dr

Principal Lecturer for Curriculum Studies at Sheffield Hallam University

Richard is a principal lecturer for curriculum studies and leads the knowledge in education research group in the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Richard has taught for over 40 years, with 25 years’ experience in HE as a teacher educator. In 2005 he was awarded a Teacher Fellowship by the university for excellence in learning and teaching. He currently teaches curriculum design and innovation on the MA Education. He has extensive project management experience and leads the online Mentoring Practice Enhancement Programme for teachers and has worked with the Chartered College of Teaching on the Chartered Teacher Mentoring programme.

He researches the curriculum and teachers’ professional knowledge for curriculum making, and he supervises postgraduate research in the curriculum. As a director and trustee of a multi-academy trust, and chair of the trust’s curriculum committee, he advises schools on developing the curriculum. He has held the post of external examiner for postgraduate programmes in education at the Open University since 2018. Richard is an international research associate of the Knowledge in Education Unit at Auckland University, and the LCT Centre for Knowledge Building at Sydney University.

Richard Pountney's contributions

Spotlight on SEND: Curriculum Design and Practice

Online registration has now closed for this event, to register please email Link to event recording This British Curriculum Forum (BCF) event brings together teachers,...

Past event24 Mar 2022

Spotlight on SEND: Curriculum Design and Practice

This British Curriculum Forum (BCF) event brought together teachers, practitioners, researchers, leaders, managers, and academics to share their critical perspectives and assumptions about...

Video24 Mar 2022

Who Owns the Curriculum Now?

This episode of the BERA Podcast explores the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Curriculum, including the structures involved; and the responses being made.

Podcast15 Jul 2020

BERA SIG Convenors

Welcome to the page with information for all our SIG Convenors. You will find here the ‘SIG handbook’ which gives all the details about how SIGs operate within BERA’s structures and will...

British Curriculum Forum

The British Curriculum Forum aims to bring together all those with an interest in collaborative curriculum, research and development. Through events, awards and grants, the BCF supports...


Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy

The aim of the Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (CAP) SIG is to encourage and support research and other scholarly activity in the inter-related areas of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy...

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