Celebrating the inspiration of the professional teacher educator





Thursday 9 May and Friday 10 May 2019

Venue: Conference Aston, Birmingham

In association with



Helping students, lecturers and practitioners in education become the best professionals they can be

Deadline for Call for Papers submissions – 15th January 2019


The TEAN conference offers an opportunity for colleagues to spend time together to share great practice and ideas. In a supportive and welcoming atmosphere you will be able to share ideas with an appreciative audience who will both encourage and challenge you. The TEAN conference is held over two days and we endeavour to make the most of the time available to us. TEAN remains committed to supporting all involved in teacher education.

If you are new to TEAN, you will find a conference which offers a range of highly interesting topics in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. For those of you who have been to the TEAN conference before, we look forward to your company again this year. If you want to discuss an idea you would like to present, do not hesitate to contact us at TEAN; we are open to your ideas.

Our conference title for 2019 is: 

Celebrating the inspiration of the professional teacher educator

This title was inspired by discussions at both the 2017 and 2018 TEAN conferences where the theme of professionalism was a recurring leitmotiv, high on the agenda for both teachers and teacher educators. Lunenberg, Dengerink and Korthagen (2014:1) encourage us to remember that ‘it is important that teacher educators are able to function at a high professional level’. TEAN borrows their follow-up questions to this statement to present our theme ‘What does functioning at a high professional level mean? And how do teacher educators meet this requirement?’  ‘Celebrating the inspiration’ indicates the opportunity that the TEAN conference gives for you to share innovative practice and research, and indeed to celebrate the wealth of inspiration you bring to your professional role.

Lunenberg, M., Dengerink, J. and Kprthagen, F. (2014) The Professional Teacher Educator, New York: Springer

Venue: By popular request, the 2019 conference returns to Conference Aston in Birmingham city centre.

What delegates said about the conference in 2018:

The 2018 conference was hailed as:

‘A fantastic conference’

‘A really positive and useful conference’

‘A warm, welcoming community of professionals coming together to share practice and research’

‘An event where you leave feeling inspired and enthusiastic about your future career as a teacher educator’.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome Dr Eline Vanassche from the University of Leuven, Belgium to give the opening keynote at this year’s TEAN conference.



Read more about Eline

Read more about Eline

Until 1st December 2018 Eline Vanassche was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the University of East London.  She is a former Assistant Professor at Maastricht University and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Leuven where she was awarded her PhD in Education.  Her research focusses on the nature of teacher educators’ professionalism and its development throughout their careers.  She has a particular interest in understanding the complex interactions between teacher educators and the socio-institutional contexts of their work.  Dr. Vanassche was amongst the first researchers in Europe to raise and address the need for research focusing directly on teacher educators in a scholarly way.  Her decision proved defining, and research in this field has proliferated over the past decade.  She is a founding member of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFo-TED, https://info-ted.eu) and has authored a significant number of publications in academic journals and books.

Dr Vanassche accepted a prestigious Professorship at the University of Leuven in Belgium and began her new role on 1st December 2018

For our second keynote address, we are delighted to welcome Professor Linda Clarke from Ulster University.



Read more about Linda

Read more about Linda

Linda Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York, moving to Northern Ireland in early childhood.  She served as a Geography teacher and head of department for 15 years. Her Masters degree is in Education Technology and her PhD examines the use of Elearning in Initial Teacher Education. She was appointed as a lecturer in Education at Ulster University and served as Head of the School of Education at Ulster from 2009 to 2013. Linda was the northern chair of the cross-border body for teacher education – the Standing Conference for Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS 2013-2016). She is Co-convener of the BERA SIG for Teacher Education and Development.  Linda is Chair of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers in Northern Ireland. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Technology, Pedagogy and Education and a reviewer for several key education journals. Linda has recently worked to develop an innovative, interdisciplinary Model, the Place Model which uses two senses of place (status and learning journey) to conceptualise the dystopias and ideals of professionals –It featured as a Guest Blog on The Good Project's website - you can access the article (with a preface from Howard Gardner) here:



Who is the conference for?

The conference is aimed at all practitioners working in teacher education from the UK and beyond (international colleagues are most welcome), and all other agencies with a professional interest in teacher education. Our focus is on schools and we welcome school colleagues involved in teacher education, however, transferable knowledge from other sectors is most welcome and offers further enrichment of the conference content.

New teacher educators

The popular Becoming a Teacher Educator workshop is integrated with the annual conference so that participants will have the opportunity to attend keynote lectures and research presentations from more experienced colleagues and be part of the whole community of teacher education. More information is available here: Becoming a Teacher Educator

2019 TEAN Conference Flyer A flyer for the conference is available for you to share with colleagues or print out for noticeboards:

Draft programme 2019  Please note that this is an indicative programme only at this stage.

TEAN Commendation for effective practice in Teacher Education

TEAN’s commendation for effective practice in teacher education has produced a wealth of innovative ideas since 2016. This year TEAN is again searching for examples of effective practice in teacher education to share with the TEAN community. You are invited to submit your entry for an opportunity to be awarded this commendation which will be presented at the 10th TEAN conference in May 2019. All entries should be via the registration link only and you will find full details within the survey. REGISTRATION LINK

Abstract book

The draft Abstract Book for the TEAN conference 2019 is available here. TEAN Conference 2019 Draft abstract book latest

A hard copy version of the final Abstract Book will be available for delegates at the conference. 

Links to Conference 2018

The report from last year’s conference which includes the keynote PowerPoints and information about the TEAN Commendation result is available here.

External exhibitors

If you are interested in a publicity stand or supplying literature for delegate packs for this conference, please contact TEAN. Additionally if you are interested in becoming a full sponsor to the conference, contact TEAN and we may be able to negotiate a package with you.

Getting to Conference Aston

We have chosen Birmingham for the conference this year as its central location will hopefully make it easily accessible for colleagues from all parts of the UK.

Conference Aston Business School Conference and Hotel

This venue is in the heart of Birmingham, a short walk or taxi ride from New Street Station and close to motorway links and Birmingham airport. Conference Aston offers award winning conference facilities and hotel accommodation.

Car Parking

Conference Aston offers a number of dedicated Car Parking spaces on their campus Car Parks for delegates attending events. Parking can be pre-booked and paid for through their website www.conferenceaston.co.uk.

How to book

Please note: Registering online does not guarantee your place until full payment has been received.

Our preferred method of payment is by credit card.

To reserve your place please complete the ON-LINE REGISTRATION

University of Cumbria, Institute of Education staff: follow the UoC guidelines for CPD funding and then register for the conference in the usual manner online.

Closing date for registrations: Please try to get your booking in before April 24th. Places will be very limited after that date.

Please contact TEAN for any further information

Information on fees is below. 

Please see the home page of the Diary of Events for our Cancellation Policy

Conference fees

Conference fees

Only non-accommodation options will be available from 7th March 2019. Should you wish to book accommodation after this deadline please arrange this directly with Conference Aston, their webpage is: www.conferenceaston.co.uk or phone 0121 204 4300 quoting TEAN2019 to get the agreed fixed rate. Please also contact Conference Aston for any additional accommodation you may require on the night of Wednesday 8th May. If TEAN is arranging your Thursday night accommodation, ask Aston to ensure that you are in the same hotel room for each night.

Our preferred method of payment is by credit/debit card. If you wish to pay by Purchase Order, you must contact tean@cumbria.ac.uk to arrange this. Member of University of Cumbria Institute of Education (please follow the UoC guidelines for CPD funding, contact TEAN for further information)

Please note: Registration before and including April 7th 2019 will attract the discounted early bird fees. Thereafter, the conference fees will increase by £20 per booking. To maximise your institution’s engagement with the conference you may well want to consider multiple registrations from your institution. Each person must register separately.

Delegate Rates

Early Bird Rates                       Standard Rate

2 day £310.00                           £330.00

1 day £230.00                           £250.00

*Student Rates

Early Bird Rates                      Standard Rate

2 day £220.00                          £240.00

1 day £120.00                          £140.00

*Please note: To qualify for the student rates you must be an undergraduate or postgraduate student, have the endorsement of your tutor and not be employed in education.

Evening Meal 9th May 2019 £40.00

Accommodation 9th May 2019 £115.00

TEAN can book accommodation for Thursday 9th May only up to midnight on March 6th 2019 (subject to availability)