Mrs Fay Glendenning

Head of Secondary Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323151 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Education


Fay is currently Head of the Secondary Education Department, within the Institute of Education.  In this Principal Lecturer role, Fay has responsibility for all secondary initial teacher training, and related courses, including subject knowledge enhancement courses.  Previous to this Fay was the Subject Pathway Leader for Secondary Mathematics Education. 

Prior to becoming a teacher educator, Fay worked in primary and secondary schools as a classroom teacher, advanced skills teacher, and mathematics consultant for Sandwell Local Authority.

Fay’s research interests are focused around teacher education and, in particular, the recruitment and retention of teachers to national priority subjects.  Fay is currently undertaking research for her Professional Doctorate concerned with the professional identity development of career changers, and non-traditional participants, entering the teaching profession.  This has developed from research undertaken for her MA (Education) dissertation into the recruitment of mathematics teachers.

Other research interests include the development of subject knowledge in secondary mathematics.  Through a funded project, Fay worked with local partnership schools on the development of subject specific feedback material and has since co-authored a published chapter on lesson feedback.

Membership of professional bodies

  • National ‘Advanced Skills Teacher Status’ AST Awarded
  • Qualified Teacher Status


  • MA (Education), University of Wolverhampton
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Mentoring in Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • Bachelor of Education Degree (Honours) Class 2:1 Mathematics & Education Homerton College, Cambridge University
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) Status Awarded
  • DfE Registered Teacher / Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)



Glendenning, F. & Cartwright, L (2011) How can you make the best use of feedback on your teaching? In McGregor, D. & Cartwright, L. (Eds) Reflective Practice : A Guide for Beginning Teachers. Maidenhead : Open University Press.

TDA (2009) PDS Project: Materials to support quality subject specific feedback. Teaching and Development Agency.

TTA (2003) ASTounding partners in ITT page 8-9 in DoingITT.  Teacher Training Agency. 

Conference Presentations

Making a positive choice?: Reasons for choosing to teach secondary mathematics’, School of Education Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton April 2008.

Participation in ‘Learning for the Future’ 2nd international conference of the learning teacher network, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2005.

Previous professional experience

  • Principal Lecturer, Head of Secondary Initial Teacher Training, School of Education, University of Wolverhampton
    Senior Lecturer, Pathway Leader for Secondary Mathematics Education, University of Wolverhampton
    Senior Teacher, Director of Mathematics, Head of Mathematics Department, Bristnall Hall Technology College, Oldbury
    Mathematics Consultant, Sandwell Local Education Authority, Sandwell
    Mathematics Advanced Skills Teacher, Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School, Wednesbury (including outreach activity in Sandwell LA Schools and at Wolverhampton University)
    Mathematics Teacher, Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School, Wednesbury, Sandwell
    - Second in 6th Form
    - Key Skills Co-Ordinator/Sandwell Skills Passport Co-Ordinator
    - World Challenge Expeditions Activities Co-ordinator, Wednesbury Education Action Zone (WEAZ) (including 6th form expedition to the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco)
    Summer School Sports Teacher, Thornton Language College, Buckinghamshire

Further information

External Examiner

  • Chef External Examiner. PGCE Secondary Education, Edge Hill University January 2014-present
  • External Examiner. PGCE Mathematics. Middlesex University. October 2012- present

External Advisor

  • BA Mathematics with Secondary Education QTS Validation Event. March 2015
  • BSc Mathematics with Secondary Education QTS Validation Event.  UEL/Woolwich Polytechnic School. November 2014
  • School Direct Validation, Cumbria University. June 2013


  • Parent Governor. Greenholm Primary School, Birmingham October 2011-present
  • Chair of Personnel and Staffing Committee, Greenholm Primary School, October 2013-present
  • Parent Governor. Goodway Nursery School, Birmingham July 2011-present
  • Member of Secondary UCET, September 2009-present