Mrs Clair Jenkins

Deputy Director Institute of Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323186 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Primary English / Teaching in the Primary School / Behaviour Management in the Primary School


I am currently working at the University of Wolverhampton as the Head of Department for Primary Initial Teacher Training.  My most salient responsibility is to lead the primary team with regard to providing a clear programme of study for our trainees who are engaged across a range of routes to achieve qualified teacher status, including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as employment- based routes.  As a team we work hard to provide high quality learning experiences for trainees and to ensure that centre-based and school-based training provide a cohesive and challenging experience in which trainees make good progress and become successful and reflective practitioners.

Further responsibilities are teaching across all programmes, strategic planning and annual monitoring, as well as chairing and attending a number of committees and local networks.  Further to this, I work closely with schools, teachers and Local Authority Advisers to provide continued professional development and support

Research interests

  • Behaviour Mangement
  • Mental Health of Children
  • School Improvement


  • MA Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • BEd Hons History/Religion




Publications and Research Activity

  • Development and Applied Research in Education (Refereed Journal):  Teaching kids how to hold productive learning conversations using Pictochat on the Nintendo DS.  July 2009 (with Karl Royle, University of Wolverhampton and Julie Nickless, Windmill Primary School)
  • ISSOTL International Conference:  Connecting with our Students – encouraging reflective practice and advancing our own (October 2008) (with Lesley Mycroft, University of Wolverhampton)

Research Conference Papers

  • ESCalate:  Exploring PebblePad - Rights, Roles and Responsibilities  (May 2008) (with Sarah Weatherhead, University of Wolverhampton)
  • ESCalate:   Using Learning Journals to Support Learning  (June 2008) (with Paul Gurton and Lesley Mycroft, University of Wolverhampton)
  • ATEE Conference:  Active Participant or Passive Consumer? (August 2007) (with Lesley Mycroft, University of Wolverhampton)

Previous professional experience

  • Dudley MBC, Saltwells EDC, Dudley.
  • St Thomas and St Anne’s Primary School, Hanwood, Shropshire.
  • Leegomery Junior School, Telford.
  • El Plantio International School of Valencia, Spain.
  • Shawbury County Primary School, Shropshire.

Further information

Associate Governor