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8th TEAN Annual Conference

Thinking Deeply about Teacher Education

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Thursday 11 May and Friday 12 May 2017
Venue: Conference Aston, Birmingham

In association with

Critical Publishing, Critical Publishing



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

Deadline for Call for Papers submissions – 16th January 2017


The TEAN conference, held over two days, 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 on professional learning with an appreciative audience who will both encourage and challenge you. Last year’s conference was hailed as ‘an excellent conference which enables and encourages reflective and evaluative conversations, which feed into ongoing improvement of pedagogy and practice’. TEAN remains, as ever, 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. This two day conference is a fantastic opportunity for teacher educators from HEIs, schools, further education and all organisations involved with teacher education to come together to debate and share inspiration.

Our conference title for 2017 is: ‘Thinking deeply about teacher education.

This title is inspired by last year’s conference feedback. ‘Thinking Deeply about Teacher Education’: this suggests a firm acknowledgement of the complexity of teacher education and the depth of skill needed to be a truly effective teacher educator. Is it a skill? Does it involve craft? What is craft? Does it involve theory? What do we mean by theory? Does it involve research? Why should it? Does it involve pedagogy? – that is to say, does it claim a pedagogy/should it claim a pedagogy? Why should we bother to think deeply about it? How would you define deeply’? Come to Birmingham in May to add your voice to this debate.

Venue: By popular request, the 2017 conference returns to Conference Aston in Birmingham city centre.

What delegates said about the conference in 2016:

‘TEAN always attracts such a professional and welcoming cadre of people. So lovely and all so eager to engage in the topical issues raised through the conference.’

‘A fabulous conference - as always it was friendly, non-threatening and non-judgemental.’

‘An excellent conference.  I enjoyed the atmosphere, the company, the food and every session I attended.’

A photo of Chris Winch

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome Professor Chris Winch, King’s College London to give the opening keynote at this year’s TEAN conference.



Read more about Chris

Christopher Winch is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College, London. He has worked in primary, further and higher education for over forty years.  He taught Civics at the Thomas Danby College of Further Education, Leeds; he was a primary school teacher in Leeds and the West Riding, was responsible for Language and Literacy programmes at the University of Northampton and now teaches mainly in the areas of Education Management, Educational Leadership and Teacher Development. He has published numerous books and articles on various aspects of education, including the nature of teaching as an occupation (see

His new book ‘Teachers’ Know How’ is due to be published by Wiley in the first half of 2017.

A photo of Dr Katharine Burn

For our second keynote address, we are delighted to welcome Dr Katharine Burn from the University of Oxford.



Read more about Katharine

Katharine Burn is Director of the Oxford Education Deanery, a partnership between the University of Oxford and local state-maintained schools that encompasses initial teacher education, continuing professional learning and research collaboration. Her research has included longitudinal study of beginning teachers' professional learning, comparative study of the structures and underlying principles of ITE programmes intended to support the integration of knowledge from different sources and specific exploration of the ways in which ITE programmes can support student teachers' learning about emergent and potentially controversial aspects of practice. As co-editor of the subject-specific professional journal, Teaching History, she also seeks to support forms of professional discourse that bring together teachers, academics (i.e. historians) and educational researchers. 

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.

For more information regarding the conference, please access the following link: Flyer

For the draft programme, please click here: DRAFT Programme

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