Diana Parton

Senior Lecturer and Primary Phase Lead

Diana Parton

I have been teaching in a range of schools in Bedfordshire since I qualified with a BEd Degree.

My career started in state middle schools then I moved to work within the independent sector where I became deputy head and eventually a headteacher.

I moved into Higher Education in 2011 and I am currently the BA (Hons) Primary Education (with QTS) Course Coordinator and Primary Phase Lead.

Other References


  • Fellowship of Higher Education Academy
  • PGCAP - University of Bedfordshire
  • MA (Ed) - Open University
  • Advanced Diploma – Dance in Education - University of Nottingham
  • BEd - University of Bedfordshire

Teaching Expertise

  • Primary English
  • Research Methodology
  • Primary pedagogy

Research Interests

  • Mentoring trainee teachers
  • Formative assessment as a tool for trainee development

Research Projects

  • Primary Primary Trainee Teachers to Teach Phonics and Early Reading

External Roles

  • External Examiner for the University of Chester for their Primary and Early Years Education (With QTS) Course
  • Governor at local lower school
  • Dyslexia Specialist teacher at a local lower School
  • Manager of Bedford Borough Lower Schools' PSG for More Able, Gifted and Talented


  • Parton, D (2010). 'In the head activity' Reading Recovery Journal

Contact Details

E: diana.parton@beds.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1234 793143 (Office hours: Friday 4-5pm)

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