School of Education and Sociology


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Mr Stephen Corbett

  • Qualifications: MSc in Education & Training Management, BA (Hons) in Business & Management, Certificate in Post Compulsory Education (Cert Ed), AAT Accounting Technician
  • Role Title: Interim Head of School
  • Address: St. George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5201
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  • Department: School of Education and Childhood Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Stephen Corbett is Interim Head of School of Education & Childhood Studies. Prior to this role he was responsible for the University's Further Education Teacher Training. Stephen began his career training in accountancy, a subject which he greatly enjoyed, however, he found his enjoyment of the subject spurred him towards teaching rather than practicing accountancy. He taught Accounting and Business for several years within the further education sector and as he became more interested in the wider context of education began to engage in projects and assumed management responsibilities. Stephen's final position in a further education college was Head of Department for Hair, Beauty, Business, Public Services, International & Higher Education. Through a combination of study and practical experience he gained a valuable insight into the key management aspects ranging from people management through to business planning and quality improvement; which is a particular focus of his current research interests.


Stephen's research is focused on the further education sector; primarily 16-19 education providers. Stephen has previously lead on national projects, such as, Study Programme: Teacher Development project. More recently he secured the University of Portsmouth as the national provider for the Education & Training Foundation's Further Forces Programme. Through working with local, regional and national providers his research aim is to inform both; pedagogical approaches to further education teaching and professional development of further education managers. His overall intention is to identify practical application of contemporary theory as well as seeking to inform the field of research from a practitioner perspective. Key aspects of his research include:

  • Further education teacher development
  • Translating maths & english for employers
  • Middle management competencies in further education
  • Curriculum design
  • 16-19 study programmes

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