Faculty of Education | School of Education

Dr Bethany Kelly

Director of Programmes

Bethany began her teaching career at a school near Cambridge, teaching Ancient Church History to somewhat reluctant sixth formers.  After a few years, she went on to be a Head of Department in a leading London girls’ school. Alongside teaching responsibilities Bethany has been a philosophy examiner, represented Education on the City of London Drugs Committee and also had a stint as chair of the Independent Schools Religious Studies Association, organising national conferences at Chelsea Football Club.

After 10 successful years of middle management, Bethany moved into senior leadership with two deputy headships covering both pastoral and academic responsibilities. Particular areas of interest during those years included mentoring PGCE trainee teachers and NQTs, staff development, and establishing leadership groups. Bethany completed her MA in Education with a particular focus on Leadership and Management and has an Educational Doctorate looking at Leadership, Identity and Gender.  During that time Bethany began working with schools as a freelance speaker and has delivered training on a range of topics in schools and at conferences all over the UK, Ireland and internationally.  Whilst working on her Doctorate, Bethany joined Buckingham as a tutor, looking after large groups of trainee teachers all over the UK.

Bethany has worked in education for over 25 years.  Her teaching posts have taken her to different parts of the country, to boarding and day schools, mixed and single-sex schools.  Bethany now brings that experience to her work as Head of Secondary in the School of Education, where she continues her work, training teachers.

Email: education@buckingham.ac.uk

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