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Professor Samantha Twiselton

Director of Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Samantha Twiselton is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

The new Institute brings the University’s broad teacher and related workforce education offer together with two research centres, the Centre for Science Education and the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research. As such its work is responsive to employer needs, flexibly developed and underpinned by a depth and breadth of outstanding, leading edge academic and practitioner expertise.

Professor Twiselton was previously Executive Dean in the faculty of education at the University of Cumbria where she worked for six years. Prior to that she held a number of senior academic roles in teacher education at St Martin’s College, having previously taught in a range of primary schools.

With a wealth of experience in teacher education, curriculum development and language and literacy, Professor Twiselton has been heavily involved in influencing Government policy on teacher training, such as the introduction of masters level Initial Teacher Education and ways in which universities can support and embrace the move to a school-led system.

Sam was recently a member of the advisory panel for the Carter Review of ITT and was heavily involved in visiting providers, meeting with experts and analyzing a wide range of evidence from across all routes and the DfE Expert Behaviour Management Panel chaired by Tom Bennett. She sits on a number of national and regional advisory boards and committees.