Promoting collaboration, professional learning, advocacy and leadership in education

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About us

The Centre for Professional Learning in Education (CPLE) was established in 2022 as a centre that promotes collaboration, professional learning, advocacy and leadership in education. It builds upon the longstanding relationship of the University of Winchester with schools and teacher education, going back as far as 1840, and aspires to shape education’s future. 

Our overall aim is to support educational professionals to achieve excellence in their work and to place young people’s education at the heart of what we do.

Specific aims:

  • To foster, encourage and and mentor staff and students to engage in promotion and development of professional learning in education 
  • To disseminate and advance professional knowledge across a range of educational settings through publications, professional development, consultancy and public engagement
  • To support teachers throughout their career, from early-career teachers to executive school leaders
  • To develop and promote collaborative professional learning communities, to innovate and share best practice
  • To enable educational communities to strengthen links between research and practice

CPLE values research- and evidence-informed practice. We seek engagement with professionals to grow and disseminate knowledge collaboratively. Our members include professional and academic experts from across the education sector, including academics, teacher educators, teachers, school senior leaders, research students, charities and local authority organisations. To meet our members, see below.

We are involved in many projects with schools, charities and political bodies. These are particularly focussed around the areas of:

  • Curriculum
  • Teaching and school leadership
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing

For examples of some of our previous project and consultancy work, please see below.

We also offer a range of CPD opportunities for schools. Please contact us if we can help support your school or organisation with CPD.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about the Centre or would like to discuss how we can support your organisation, please email Follow CPLE on Twitter.

Meet the team


Dr Victoria Randall, Senior Fellow in Knowledge Exchange, Institute of Education

Dr Marnie Seymour, Senior Fellow in Knowledge Exchange, Institute of Education


Jon Audain, Senior Lecturer in Education

Charlotte Bridgeman, Senior Lecturer in Education

Emma Goto, Senior Lecturer in Education

Jane Jones, Senior Lecturer in Education

Dr Rhiannon Love, Senior Lecturer in Education

Claire Morse, Senior Lecturer in Education

Dr Amanda Norman, Senior Lecturer in Education

Dr Alasdair Richardson, Senior Fellow in Knowledge Exchange

Eleanor Simpson, Lecturer in Education

Dr Wayne Veck, Reader in Education

Julie Wharton, Senior Lecturer in Education


Professional Subject Networks


CPLE offers a range of professional expert networks that run throughout the year. The networks bring together a professional community through knowledge, research, policy and practice. The networks are (co-)led by University of Winchester experts but include a wide range of speakers and practitioners. 

  • Philosophy for Children - network lead: Dr Rhiannon Love
  • Special Educational Needs - network lead: Julie Wharton
  • Primary Physical Education Subject Leader Network (in conjunction with Hampshire County Council) - network leads: Dr Vicky Randall and Jodie Bascombe, Hampshire PE Development Manager
  • South Coast Schools Maths Teacher Network - network lead: Claire Morse

Professional programmes and training

Early-Career Framework

The Early-Career Framework (ECF) was established by the Department for Education to give teachers more training and development opportunities at the beginning of their careers. As part of the ECF reforms, early-career teachers are now able to receive two years of funded development support and training, as well as access to a mentor who has experience in a similar setting.

The University of Winchester is pleased to be working with Capita and the University of Birmingham to deliver this induction programme to early-career teachers across England.

For more information, contact

Find out more on the Capita website

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) provide training and support for teachers and school leaders at all levels, from those who want to develop expertise in high quality teaching practice, such as behaviour management, to those leading multiple schools across Trusts.
NPQs available

We offer the full suite of NPQs, as follows:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Headship
  • Senior Leadership

Specialist NPQs:

  • Leading Teacher Development
  • Leading Teacher
  • Leading Behaviour and Culture

For more information or to apply please contact

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo)

The University of Winchester has been providing this successful training programme since 2009 when the award was introduced nationally. The course is designed to support the continuing professional development of Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos). We work with students to build on their existing skills to ensure that they are able to fulfil the requirements of the National Outcomes Framework and that they grow in confidence in their role in leading on inclusion.

Students learn about the importance of their role as a leader. They gain an understanding of the professional context of their role and are supported in the strategic development of SEN Policy and Procedures. Students develop their skills as a coordinator of effective support for children and young people with special educational needs. Students also learn how to provide support and training for their settings and develop their skills of working in partnership with pupils, families and other professionals. Students are expected to critically reflect on a range of additional educational needs and the issues surrounding improving educational outcomes for all pupils.

This course is delivered in partnership with Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton Local Authority colleagues. More recently there has been a partnership with the Education Teams in the States of Guernsey and the States of Jersey.

For more information, please contact the course leader, Dr Julie Wharton.


If you are interested in CPLE supporting your organisation through consultancy, please contact to discuss the expertise you require.

Previous member projects

Curriculum projects

NCETM: Mastery Mathematics Sustaining Workgroup

Project Lead: Charlotte Bridgeman, Senior Lecturer in Education (Institute of Education)

The Mastery Mathematics Sustaining working group is for all primary schools who have previously been involved in teaching for mastery via a Development or Embedding Work Group, or who are Mastery Specialist schools. It brings together schools across the Maths Hubs Network that are working on continued development to sustain their teaching for mastery approach to mathematics. A key characteristic of all the schools is a strong commitment from both teachers and subject leaders for sustaining teaching for mastery approaches, and for most teachers to have already started using teaching for mastery approaches. Driving the research, the workgroup has 4 main aims: improvement to pupil outcomes, whole school approaches and policies, practice development and professional learning.

Find out more about the NCETM Sustaining Workgroup

Computing training

Project lead: Emma Goto, Senior Lecturer in Education (Institute of Education)

Emma has worked closely with the Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service (HIAS) Computing team in Hampshire for many years. Her relationship with advisory staff in Hampshire developed initially through her work as a leading ICT teacher and later as one of Hampshire’s Advanced Skills Teachers. She regularly works in partnership with the computing team in Hampshire speaking at the Hampshire computing conference and supporting teacher training. She has also worked with schools to support teaching and subject leadership in computing through collaborative planning and teaching activities. Additionally, Emma has provided training courses for the National College of Computing Education (NCCE) and professional development experiences for CAS, providing sessions such as a recent webinar, as part of the CAS Inspire series, focusing on The Foundations of Computing: play, exploration and thinking.

Barefoot Computing Teaching Resources

Project lead: Emma Goto, Senior Lecturer in Education (Institute of Education)

Emma has recently worked in partnership with Barefoot Computing to develop some units on cyber citizenship and respectful use of digital materials in Key Stage One. She held a consultancy role within this project working closely with colleagues from CAS and Barefoot computing to discuss best practice in these areas; develop initial ideas and peer-review the teaching materials created. Barefoot Computing provide a range of high-quality teaching materials that can be used to support the development of children’s computational thinking in schools.

VSO Numeracy for All Project and MESHGuide

Project lead: Emma Goto, Senior Lecturer in Education (Institute of Education)

Emma worked in collaboration with colleagues from a number of education institutions, and from Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), as a project lead to develop materials to support the training of mathematics teachers in low and middle-income countries. As part of the project a MESHGuide was created summarising key research around issues related to the teaching of early mathematics. Video materials were also developed. Many of the videos were repurposed in the initial months of the Covid-19 pandemic to support home-learning in mathematics through games and practical activities.

Primary Physical Education Subject Leader Network

Project Lead: Dr Vicky Randall and Jodie Bascombe (Hampshire Outdoors, Physical Education Development Manager)

In 2019, the University of Winchester and the Physical Education Development lead at Hampshire County Council embarked upon a programme to support professional learning and development of primary Physical Education subject leaders. The Primary Physical Education Subject Leader Network meets six times per year and has recently collaborated with the Bedfordshire Primary Physical Education Subject Leader Network to form a larger community of practice. The two networks draw upon research from Randall (2020) and Keay and Lloyd (2011) to implement an evidence-based model of professional learning in primary Physical Education.

Mental Health and Wellbeing projects

Stormbreak: inspiring movement for positive mental health in primary schools

Project lead: Dr Vicky Randall, Senior Fellow of Knowledge Exchange and Director for Teaching and Learning at Stormbreak.

Stormbreak aims to bring together multidisciplinary experts across education, health, sport and business as well as community partners to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing through movement. The project aims to equip children with sustainable skills and coping strategies to deal with growth into adulthood in a challenging world, and to empower teachers to encourage mental health movement throughout the school day. The project is focussed on school cultural change, through working with stakeholders to ensure training and resources provided to schools is sustainable. Higher Education Innovation Funding from the University of Winchester supported the project’s start-up and enabled the Stormbreak team to obtain charitable status and grow into a sustainable model, offering professional development and cultural change consultancy for primary schools.

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