James Simpson

Senior Tutor in Teacher Education

James Simpson

I joined the University of Bedfordshire having taught in secondary education for 5 years, specialising in history and politics. I also had responsibilities for mentoring trainee teachers and delivering subject enhancement sessions for history trainees.

I teach on the BA Applied Education Studies course, where I am Hub Coordinator for the Putteridge Bury campus. I am also responsible for delivering the PGCE Secondary History course.

My teaching focuses on Reflective and Professional Practice, Research Methods and Introduction to studying at university. I also support a number of students each year as research project supervisor.


  • PGCE Secondary (History) – University of Bedfordshire
  • MA (History) – Sheffield Hallam University
  • BA (Hons) History – Sheffield Hallam University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Teaching Expertise

  • History teaching
  • History of education
  • Secondary Education
  • Curriculum design

Research Interests

  • History of education – specifically rural education in the 20th century
  • Effective history teaching
  • Learning outside the classroom

Current Research

  • Rural education in England from 1900-1939: purpose, opportunities and agency

Contact Details

E: james.simpson@beds.ac.uk

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