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Mrs Kris Stutchbury

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer, Education
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • kris.stutchbury

Professional biography

I am a senior lecturer in Teacher Education and Academic Director the TESSA programme. I joined the OU, full time in March 2009 as Subject Leader for Science on the PGCE. I became Director of the PGCE in 2012. In July 2015 I became Academic Director of TESSA and combine that role with developing a new pathway on 'learning and teaching' for the Open University's applied MA in Education.  

I have 20 years of experience of teaching in school. I was a Head of Science for 12 years. I joined the OU PGCE as a part-time tutor in 2005.

My research interests include, ethics, teacher education and approaches to educational change. Alison Fox and I published a paper in the Cambridge Journal of Education which describes a way of thinking about ethics in educational research and argues that ethics is not just about following guidelines, but that it underpins the whole reserach design. This work has been adopted in the faculty of educatuion in Cambridge and has changed the way in which ethics is taught on their MEd programmes.

I conducted a small scale reseach project into APP and have subsequently been teaching about APP on our own PGCE course and on the Cambridge PGCE.

Between 2010 and 2013 I co-ordinated amTESSA Secondary Science. We are produced 15 units of work, modelled on the TESSA primary materials to support teacher educators and pre-service teachers in the lower secondary school. The project was funded by The Waterloo Foundation and involved the collaborative development of materials with 5 African partner institutions.

Between January 2014 and July 2016 I was the Science and School Leadership lead on the TESS-India programme. I continue to support West Bengal and Odisha in implementing their plans for the project. I was a co-author and facilitator for the TESS-India MOOC which ran twice in 2015.

In March 2016 we successfully secured further funding for TESSA from the Allen and Nesta Ferguson Foundation. I am working with colleagues in the Faculty and IDO to develop a strategy and programme of activities for the next three years.

Research interests

Research Ethics


Implementing change in the developing world

TESSA Secondary Science  a research and development project funded by the Waterloo Foundation

I am currently studying for an EdD with The Open University. I am investigating a group of teacher educators in an East African university in order to understand how they see their role, how they carry it out and how they negotiate the tensions between the view of teaching and learning set out in policy aspirations and the TESSA materials, and the reality in school.  

Teaching interests

Science Education


Generic Educational issues

Teacher Education and learner-centred teaching

Impact and engagement

TESSA and TESS-India are making a significant impact in supporting teachers and teacher educators in Africa and India in developing more participatory approaches to learning and teaching. The research and scholarship that I am undertaking for my EdD are informing my work on TESSA and TESS-India.

External collaborations

In my research that is part of the TESSA programme, I am collaborating with colleagues in Africa.

TESSA and TESS-India are International projects. I work closely with colleagues from India and a range of African countries.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of School-Based Teacher Professional Development: A Case from Kenya (2019)
Wambugu, Patricia; Stutchbury, Kris and Dickie, Joan
Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D, 6(1) (pp. 76-82)
Mediated Authentic Video: A Flexible Tool Supporting a Developmental Approach to Teacher Education (2017)
Stutchbury, Kris and Woodward, Clare
Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D, 4(2)
Assessing Pupils’ Progress: issues and opportunities in secondary science and the implications for teacher educators (2011-05)
Stutchbury, Kris
Science Teacher Education, 61 (pp. 40-53)
Ethics in educational research: introducing a methodological tool for effective ethical analysis (2009-12)
Stutchbury, Kris and Fox, Alison
Cambridge Journal of Education, 39(4) (pp. 489-504)
Ethics in educational research (2013)
Stutchbury, Kris
In: Wilson, Elaine ed. School-Based Research: A Guide For Education Students (2nd ed) (pp. 90-102)
ISBN : 978-1-4462-4748-8 | Publisher : SAGE Publications Ltd | Published : London
Using a Masters course to explore the challenges and opportunities of incorporating Sustainability into a range of educational contexts (2019)
Fox, Alison; Addison-Pettit, Paula; Lee, Clare and Stutchbury, Kris
In : International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education (12-13 Apr 2019, Lincoln)
Teachers Taught, Lessons Learnt: Experiences of Using Video to Support Teacher Learning on Three Continents (2017-11)
Stutchbury, Kris and Woodward, Clare
In : Pan Commonwealth Forum 8 (PCF8) (28-30 Nov 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Moving forward with TESSA: what is the potential for MOOCs? (2016-07)
Stutchbury, Kris
In : 3rd International Conference of the African Virtual University (6-8 Jul 2016, Nairobi, Kenya)
In pursuit of quality: the challenges and opportunities for teacher education (2014-07-26)
Stutchbury, Kris
In : AFTRA, 2014 (Jul 2014, Accra, Ghana)
We’re improving the quality of teaching”: conceptualising ‘quality’ and ‘change’ using lessons from a current TESSA project (2013-09)
Stutchbury, Kris and Cullen, Jane
In : UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development – Education & Development Post 2015: Reflecting, Reviewing, Re-visioning. (10-12 Sep 2013, Oxford)
Implementating TESSA teaching lower secondary science: learning from the experience and the implications for partnership working (2013)
Stutchbury, Kris; Acquah, Sakina; Ngman-Wara, Ernest; Goodwell, Kaulu; Shayo, Simon; Busulwa, Henry and Wambugu, Patricia
In : Distance Education for Teachers in Africa (30 Jul - 1 Aug 2013, Nairobi, Kenya)
Developing effective pedagogy: the thinking behind the TESSA secondary science project (2012-07-13)
Stutchbury, Kristina and Ngman-Wara, Ernest
In : 56th ICET World Assembly: The Changing Global Perspective on the Role of Teacher and Teacher Education (10-12 Jul 2012, Ghana)
TESSA secondary science: addressing the challenges facing science teacher-education in Sub-Saharan Africa (2011-08)
Stutchbury, Kris and Katabaro, Joviter
In : DETA Conference 2011 (3-5 Aug 2011, Maputo, Mozambique)
Implementing change in science teacher education in Sub-Saharan Africa: challenges and opportunities (2011-07)
Stutchbury, Kris
In : 55th ICET World Assembly (11-14 Jul 2011, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
Engaging Opportunities: Connecting young people with contemporary research and researchers (2018-02-01)
Holliman, Richard; Davies, Gareth; Ford, Diane; Russell, Mark; Steed, Anthony; Brown, Helen; Pearson, Victoria; Collins, Trevor; Stutchbury, Kris; Squires, Andrew; Scanlon, Eileen; Whitelegg, Liz; Ansine, Janice; Braithwaite, N St.J; Swithenby, Stephen; Dommett, Ellie; Sumner, Janet; Lee, Clare; Kendall, Joe; Green, Penny; Sharp, Damien; Bullivant, Mike; Devine, Peter and Hawthorne, Val
The Open University and the Denbigh Teaching School Alliance, Milton Keynes.


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