Staff Profiles: Simon Butler

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Staff Profile: Simon Butler
Lecturer in Secondary Education

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Simon Butler

Lecturer in Secondary Education

Teacher Education

Simon teaches on the Secondary PGCE course, contributing to the delivery of both the History PGCE Course and the Professional Studies programme.


Simon has been working in secondary education since 1987. He spent 15 years working in secondary schools as a Head of History, Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher. In 2002, he started working as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Devon Local Authority. Seven years later he became Secondary PGCE History Course Leader at the University of Worcester. In 2019 Simon took early retirement and now works part-time as a Lecturer in Secondary Education at the University Of Gloucestershire.



Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) History and Sociology University of London 1985
P.G.C.E. Secondary History University of Oxford 1988
M.A. Education University of Worcester 2017

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the H.E.A.

Teaching and research


Specialist teaching areas are focused on history pedagogy (with a particular interest and passion for 'promoting curiosity and a love of learning') and the 'wider role of the teacher'.





Effective Holocaust education, school based mentoring, lesson planning by beginning teachers and the importance of chronological understanding in historical learning.

External responsibilities

Consultancy work with the Black Country Living Museum to support their programme of school visit activities.


Subjects for media interviews

Holocaust education in secondary schools.

The challenges that trainee teachers face on a PGCE course.

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