Stephen Hall

Job Title and Responsibilities

Title: Senior Lecturer in Education

University: Partnership Manager; Birmingham Metropolitan College, Walsall College

Faculty: Member of Ethics Committee

Department: Award Leader for FdA Education (Teaching Assistants)

About Me

I graduated from Sheffield University where I studied industrial ceramics. I turned down a Science Research Council grant to study for a PhD in nuclear ceramics with the Atomic Energy Authority, in order to teach PE. Having begun a career teaching in a secondary school, I took on a series of leadership roles in middle and primary schools, until I became headteacher of Cooper Perry Primary School near Stafford. In recent years I have been involved in consultancy work in relation to Design for Learning, Personalising Learning and Developing International Links, working with schools and local education authorities from all over England. I have also worked for Staffordshire LA on a part time basis as a District Inspector and as a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader and I am a qualified Ofsted inspector. Other consultancy experience has involved service reviews, and self-review processes including work as an international critical friend to schools in Norway, Poland and Holland. Most recently, in 2007, I was seconded to the SSAT Primary Team as Professional Development and Innovation Coordinator.

In April 2003 I took part as a crew volunteer in The Round Britain Challenge – a non-stop 2000 mile race in 72’ yachts around the British Isles raising money for local hospices. Other fund-raising activities include running the London Marathon and abseiling and sky-diving to raise funds for Guide Dogs. For a number of summers I worked in the Masindi District of Uganda supporting local primary schools and delivering courses for teachers and headteachers in school development and improvement.


Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum Leadership) – Keele University (1989)

BSc in Ceramics with Refractories Technology – Sheffield University (1972) 2nd Class 1st Division


Paper :

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust: Snapshots Journal March 2006 ‘Engaging in learning through international links’

Conference Talks:

UCET National Conference; Leicester November 2011 ‘Staff development (for trainee teachers, teaching assistants, teachers and school leaders) through the International Dimension in Education’

Learning Teacher Network Annual Conference; Berlin January 2011 ‘Learning by Design’
Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Conference November 2006 ‘Personalising Learning – the practical applications of Deep Support’

Research Interests

Personalising Learning – rhetoric or reality? To what extent is personalising learning being achieved in terms of learners’ capacity to know themselves as learners and take strategic responsibility for their own learning. Metacognition and the comparative effectiveness of learning to learn programmes.

Current Teaching

FdA Education (Teaching Assistants) ; BA Education (Hons) ‘top-up’; MA Education modules with central and outreach groups.


Stephen Hall
School of Education (Education, Human Development & Society)
Faculty of Business, Education and Law
Staffordshire University
Brindley Building
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294955