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Dr Janet Orchard

Dr Janet Orchard

Dr Janet Orchard
MA (Cantab), PGCE , PhD

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Programme Director MSc Education Management, Hong Kong; Subject Lead PGCE RE

Office Room 3.16
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4306

Summary

  • Philosophical reflection on teacher education
  • Ethical deliberation and teaching
  • Religious education and its pedagogy
  • Values education and schooling
  • School leadership

Biography

Janet is Programme Director of the MSc Educational Management (Hong Kong) and she also teaches on the Educational Leadership and Management pathways in Bristol. She lectured previously at the Institute of Education, University of London and the Department of Education University of Oxford, having been a teacher and administrator in schools in England.  She was Deputy Director of an EIC Action Zone in London from 2001 to 2004, with particular responsibility for primary to secondary school transfer.

Janet is a philosopher of education, a member of the Executive of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and a member of the Editorial Board of its topical pamphlet series, ‘IMPACT’. She takes a particular interest in the relationship between philosophy of education and teacher education and is developing a new model called 'Philosophy for Teachers' in England, Hong Kong and Sotuh Africa. She co-authored a paper concerned with the contribution of research to teachers' professional learning from a philosophical perspective commissioned by the BERA/RSA Inquiry into Teacher Education.  She also co-edited 'Learning Teaching from Experience' (2014, Bloomsbury) with Viv Ellis.

Her teaching subject is RE and she is responsible for the Religious Education subject strand on the Secondary PGCE.  Professional associations she belongs to specifically concerned with RE include: NATRE (the National Association of Religious Education) and AULRE (the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education). She project managed the RE Subject Review for England initiated by the Religious Educational Council for England and Wales (REC) from June 2012- September 2013. She has an ongoing research interest in the Changing Nature of ITE in RE in both primary and secondary phases and with that expertise in mind she was co-opted onto the NATRE Executive in 2015. She is currently engaged in researching the place of dialogue in schooling, including the contribution which RE makes to promoting good community relations.

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