Mr Gavin Rhoades

Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518414 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: National Curriculum 2014 in Computing, Online Dialogic Learning and Virtual Learning Environments.


I have worked in secondary schools as a classroom ICT/English Teacher, an Assistant Head of Year, a Head of ICT Department, ICT Co-ordinator, Head of ICT and Business Faculty, and Assistant Headteacher (twice in different schools). Teaching and management have both been graded as ‘Very Good’ in different Ofsted inspections.

I joined the University of Wolverhampton in September 2006 as a Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader for Secondary ICT Initial Teacher Education. At university level our course was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2007 and 2010. In January 2014 I joined our Education and Inclusion Studies team within our Institute for Education. I have consulted with the Department for Education on the development of Initial Teacher Education programmes within the new subject of Computing and the National Curriculum for Computing 2014. I co-authored the Accredited Skills for Industry’s (ASFI) new qualification for ‘Computing for Teachers’ – the only Ofqual approved qualification of its type in the UK. I have extensive experience of developing online learning through the use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), and have a particular research interest in developing high quality online dialogic learning.

Research interests

Secondary Inclusion.


Postgraduate Certificate in Education Management, Keele University, 2004.

Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education: Information Technology, Keele University, 1998.

BA (Hons) Information Systems and Law 2:1, Staffordshire University, 1995.


Connell, A., Edwards, A., Hramiak, A., Rhoades, G. and Stanley, N. (2014) A Practical Guide to Teaching ICT and Computing in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.

Hughes, J. & Rhoades, G. (2012), “It forces me to reflect and reconsider what I thought I knew... and I was enjoying it!” Reframing CPD as dialogic blogging, Pebblebash 2012 Conference – Making the Case, pp 78-82, ISBN: 978-0-9565641-2-2

Rhoades, G. (2009), eLearning XHTML editor, Information Technology in Teacher Education, 16(1) pp 24, ISSN 1362-9433.

Rhoades, G. (2008), Reflections on ITTE 2008 - Was ITTE good for you too?, Information Technology in Teacher Education, 15 (3) pp 11-12, ISSN 1362-9433.

Previous professional experience

Teaching in Secondary Schools (including Head of ICT and Assistant Headteacher).

Lecturing – Pathway Leader, University of Wolverhampton.