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About Andy Connell, BSc (Hons); PGCE; MA; NPQH; FFCCT; SFHEA.

Andy is Strategic lead for Innovation and Digital Presence in the Faculty and the Management presence at UCS.  He was formally Head of Group at UCS, before that Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Chester.  Andy is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers, Director of the Council for Subject Associations, Treasurer for the Technology and Pedagogy and Education Association (TPEA) and a long-standing executive committee member of the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE).  He has been on a number of national subject expert groups for Computing and ICT and on several advisory groups on Teacher Standards.  He was previously at Keele University, where he was Director of PGCE and Director of Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) provision. Before that, he was Associate Director of PGCE Secondary and Course Leader for PGCE ICT at Liverpool Hope University.  Prior to moving into Higher Education, Andy was a teacher and Head of Computing and Business in secondary schools and taught in primary schools.


Research interests include Spirituality and Leadership in Faith Schools, Pedagogy of Computing, Mentoring and Coaching of Teachers, Leadership of Initial Teacher Education.

Published Work

Co-editor and co-author of book ‘A Practical Guide to Teaching ICT in Secondary Schools’ (Kennewell (2007), Routledge)

Editor and co-author of ‘An exemplification of the revised standards for qualified teacher status in ICT - a support and discussion document for new and existing trainers of secondary ICT teachers in England’ (Connell, Edwards & Hammond (2007), ITTE)

 “The use of exemplification and descriptors to embed the revised standards for QTS and challenge trainee teachers to go beyond ‘satisfactory’”, jointly authored with Mr. Kevin Mattinson, published February 2009 in Jackson, A, (Ed), (2009), “Innovations and Development in Initial teacher Education”, Escalate, Bristol.

 “A reflection on the development and use of exemplification materials and descriptors to embed the 2007 revised standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) for England and to challenge trainee teachers to go beyond ‘satisfactory’”, jointly authored with Mr. Kevin Mattinson, published 2012 in Doyran, F. (Editor), (2012), Research on Teacher Education and Training, Athens Institute for Education and Research 2012, Athens, Greece (Chapter 7).

Member of UCET Secondary Working Party sub group on writing materials to support the New Teaching Standards 2012.  Materials & Guidance published July 2012 as: UCET/NASBITT (2012) Working with the Teachers’ Standards in Initial Teacher Education, Guidance to support assessment for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Co-author:  Teaching Agency (2012), Guidance on Subject Knowledge for Computer Science PGCEs, published October 2012.

Co–author: British Computer Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, (2012), Draft ICT/Computing Programme of study,  Nov 30, 2012.

Co-author: British Computer Society and Royal Academy of Engineering (2012), Draft ICT Programme of Study Guidance notes , Nov 2012 

Co-author of book: ‘A Practical Guide to Learning and Teaching Computing and ICT  in the Secondary School’, Routledge, with Dr Anthony Edwards, 2015


MA, NPQH, PGCE, Bsc (Hons)