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About Dr Deborah Pope

Deborah joined University of Chester in July 2014. She currently teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes provided by the Faculty of Education & Children’s Services, and leads the provision for primary science education. Prior to this, Deborah worked as a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, where she undertook a range of leadership roles within the area of Primary Education. Deborah is a former primary teacher who has worked in diverse roles in schools in Wirral, North Wales and Liverpool.

External Examining

External Examiner for PGCE Primary Education programmes (Core and School Direct) at the University of Cumbria (2013 – present)

 Professional Membership

National Primary Teacher Education Council: committee member (2013 – present)

Association for the Study of Primary Education

Association for Science Education

Cambridge Primary Review Trust



Subject knowledge in primary ITT

Socio-cultural perspectives on curriculum, pedagogy and policy in primary education and primary ITT

Primary and early years science education

Methodological issues in practitioner enquiry in education

Published Work

Recent conference presentations

Pope, D. (2016) Conceptions of subject knowledge in the initial training of primary school teachers. Annual Conference of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, November 2016, London, United Kingdom.

Pope, D. (2015) Perceptions of ‘subject knowledge’ in the initial teacher training of primary school teachers: nature, role, purpose and process. Annual Conference of the National Primary Teacher Education Council, September 2015, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Pope, D. (2013) Perceptions of ‘subject knowledge’ in the initial teacher training of primary school teachers: It’s only primary; all you do is cutting out.’ LJMU, Faculty of Education, Health and Community Annual Research Conference.

Recent publications

Pope, D. (2017) Conceptions of subject knowledge in primary ITT: the perspectives of student teachers and teacher educators. Unpublished thesis (PhD), Liverpool John Moores University.

Barker, J. and Pope, D. (2016) WebQuests as a tool to support children in carrying out research using secondary sources to answer their scientific questions, Primary Science, 143, p26-28

Centre for Public Health (July 2014) Monkey’s Guide to Healthy Living and NHS Services: An evaluation of the implementation of resources designed to support the learning of primary school aged children in England.