Jean Dourneen joined the PGCE English team at the graduate School of Education in September 2006, having taught for 27 years in secondary schools in Dorset, North Somerset and Somerset.
She was a member of the QCA Creativity in English Working Party; trialled and wrote schemes of work for their publication Giving a Voice: speaking and listening activities for Key Stage Three and in May 2006 took part in a review of A Level English Literature standards.
Since joining the Graduate School of Education, Jean has worked closely with the other PGCE English University Tutors to continue to develop this rigorous, creative, successful course. She has also taught on the MSc Education, Technology and Society programme. Her research has been closely connected with the teaching of English and the development of student teachers. In February 2011 she was awarded NATE's Terry Furlong Award for Research for the paper she presented at their annual conference. She is a member of NATE's Post-16 and Higher Education Committee.
In August 2009 Jean took on the role of PGCE Programme Director.