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Mrs Catherine Carden

Profile summary

Professional biography

I am a Staff Tutor (Education) based in England.  I work to support the Open University's BA in Education Studies (Primary) and am involved two of the three modules on this programme (E209 and E309) and am Lead Cluster Manager for E209. In addition to this role, I am part of the School of Education Childhood Youth and Sport's Athena Swan team which is currently focused on embedding activities relating to our Bronze Award and undertaking key research.

In addition to my work for The Open University, I am an Independent Education Consultant specialising in educational leadership and in particular people centred leadership, culture and wellbeing.

My previous roles have included Director of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education, Director of Primary Initial Teacher Education and a teacher educator at a large HEI where I was based for 14 years and prior to that I held teaching and leadership roles within secondary and further education.

My professional and scholarly interests are in teacher education and development, educational leadership, organisatonal culture, coaching and mentoring, and wellbeing and self-care.

My publications include editing Primary Teaching: Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools Today 1st and 2nd Editions: Primary Teaching | SAGE Publications Ltd and Character Education in ITE

 

Research interests

​I have research interestes in the following areas:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Teacher Wellbeing and Workload
  • Women in Leadership
  • People-Centred Leadership

I am currently working on scholarship and research projects exploring Academic Promotions and Gender (Athena Swan) and Changes in Study Intensity in Education Studies (Primary) degree at the OU.

Teaching interests

In Higher Education I have taught a range of topics, subject areas and courses including:

  • PGCE 14-19, 7-14 & Primary 
  • BA Hons Primary Education
  • Educational Leadership & People-Centred Leadership
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Teacher Professionalism
  • Pedagogy, Learning & Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Teacher Wellbeing & Self-Care

I have also worked as a link tutor, supporting student teacher within their practice settings and developing school-based mentors and written a FutureLearn Expert Tracks course - Special Educational Needs in Practice.

In 2015, I was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship at Canterbury Christ Church University for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.

External collaborations

In addition to my Staff Tutor role, I am currently involved in the following external work and voluntary activity:

  • Independent Educational Consultant: currently working with a large FE Group (Kent), a group of 6th form colleges (London), and a primary school (Kent)
  • Leadership Mentor for the National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)
  • Study Advisor for FutureLearn/OU Microcredential in Coaching and Mentoring in Professional Practice
  • External Examiner at Newman University - BA Primary Education (QTS) programme
  • Podcast host for Bowden Education Podcasts
  • ECT Induction Tutor at Newingate School as well as writing the school's bespoke ECT Induction Programme.

I also contributed to the wellbeing and mentoring expert panel roundtables for the DfE ITE Core Content Framework development.

I am a:

  • Founding Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT)
  • Senior Fellow - Advance HE (SFHEA)

Previous roles have included:

  • Primary School Governor and Chair of Governors (13 years)
  • Leadership Mentor for FutureLearn/OU Level 7 Microcredential Educational Leadership in Practice.
  • Journal Reviewer for Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education (Taylor and Francis)

In 2023, I co-designed and led a programme of teacher development as part of a governmental programme led by Instituto Pedagogico Arubano on behalf of the Dutch Government. I lead teacher development focused on pedagogy in primary and secondary schools on the islands of St Eustatius and Saba in the Caribbean.

Publications

What is Teaching? (2022-06)
Carden, Catherine and Bower, Virginia
In: Carden, Catherine ed. Primary Teaching: Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools Today (2nd ed.). Primary Teaching Now (pp. 6-26)
ISBN : 9781529781076 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London


Teacher well-being: Are doughnuts in the staffroom enough? (2022-06)
Carden, Catherine and Bethune, Adrian
In: Carden, Catherine ed. Primary Teaching: Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools Today. Primary Teaching Now (pp. 365-387)
ISBN : 9781529781076 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London


Leading the Way (2020-10-20)
Carden, Catherine
In: Bower, Virginia ed. Debates in Primary Education. Debates in Subject Teaching (pp. 278-294)
ISBN : 9780367548865 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon


Primary Teaching: Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools Today (2nd Ed.) (2022-07)
Carden, Catherine ed.
ISBN : 9781529781076 | Publisher : SAGE | Published : London


Primary Teaching: Learning & Teaching in Primary Schools Today (2018-11)
Carden, Catherine ed.
Primary Teaching Now
ISBN : 978-1526436443 | Publisher : SAGE | Published : London


No-one can whistle a symphony: some thoughts on the future of mentoring and teacher professionalism, within the current policy context in England (2013-06)
Carden, Catherine and Young, Vanessa
In : Spire Seminar: Enhancing Teacher Professionalism in Teaching (17-18 Jun 2013, Bergen, Norway)


Character and ITE: A Practical Guide (2023-09-18)
Bower, Virginia; Taylor, Julie; Hampson-Stemp, Hayley; Fullard, Michael; Peterson, Andrew and Carden (ed.), Catherine
Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.


Are we too quick to kick wellbeing ideas into the 'long grass' (2021-10-28)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


Confidence or Competence: Are we being seduced by over-confidence? (2021-09-21)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


Leadership - Checking IN versus Checking UP (2021-07-19)
Carden, Catherine and Bower, Virginia
Teach Co


Our Forgotten Children (2021-07-01)
Barnes, Jonathan and Carden, Catherine
Canterbury Christ Church University


Children and teachers must be given the opportunity to tell their stories… (2021-04-11)
Carden, Catherine
Shawmind


The Story Behind the Story: Back to school and teacher and pupil mental health (2021-03-04)
Carden, Catherine; Gumbrell, David; Twiselton, Sam and Taylor, Andrew
Shawmind


Effective Leadership (2021-01)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


Reframing the Debate on Teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing (2020-11-05)
Carden, Catherine; Twiselton, Sam; Gumbrell, David and Bethune, Adrian
Shawmind


Mr Creativity - a candle in the wind (2020-09-08)
Carden, Catherine and Barnes, Jonathan
Canterbury Christ Church University


The Impact of 1:1 Mentoring on Early Career Teachers (2020-05-22)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


Work-Life Balance (2020-05-05)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


Work-Life Balance (2020-05)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


A Listening Ear: Investing in mentoring may seem like a luxury, but it might well be the best staff development money you ever spend. (2020-04-04)
Carden, Catherine
Teach Co


Onwards and Upwards (2020-03-03)
Carden, Catherine and Bower, Virginia
Teach Co


Putting People at the Centre of Your Leadership (2020-03-01)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


We Train Dogs - we must educate teachers (part 2) (2020-01-14)
Carden, Catherine
Bowden Education


Teacher well being and work-life balance (2019-12-01)
Carden, Catherine
Faculti


The Un-Boot Camp (2019-11-04)
Carden, Catherine and Bower, Virginia
Bowden Education


The Importance and Value of Professional Learning and Development (2019-10-16)
Carden, Catherine and Bower, Virginia
Bowden Education


Is a Work-Life Balance Unattainable for School Leaders? (2019-06-12)
Carden, Catherine
Teach Co


Are you a School Leader or a Manager? (2019-05-17)
Carden, Catherine
Teach Co


How to Support School Leaders in Tough Times (2019-04-15)
Carden, Catherine
Teach Co


Fight for your rights (2019-03-09)
Carden, C. and Warnock, J.
Teach Primary, Teach Co


How we took our school from special measures to good. (2019-02-22)
Carden, Catherine and Warnock, Joanne
Teach Co


We train dogs - we must educate teachers (2013-05-09)
Carden, Catherine
Canterbury Christ Church University