Claire Foy

Claire Foy


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I graduated from Jordanhill College of Education in 2004 with a PGDE in Primary Education. I have worked in primary schools as both a class teacher and principal teacher, leading on developing the curriculum in Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood and also in digital education. I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2017 on a fixed term contract as a Teaching Associate in Primary Education, returning in 2021 on a permanent basis.

I am the module leader on the PGDE Professional Practice module, preparing students for placements in Early, First and Second Level classes. Within the PGDE programme, I am a module tutor on the Curriculum and Pedagogy module, leading on the Science aspect of STEM.

On the BAPE course, I teach on the Pedagogy and Placement Learning in second, third and fourth year programmes, preparing and assessing students on placement. I am also part of the tutor team on modules focussing on RME/HWB, Numeracy in the Primary School and Protecting and Safeguarding Children.

I am the lead on the EXSE and EXSE for Learning programmes. These are aimed at supporting BAPE students through a range of social and professional learning activities.  

I have recently been appointed as External Examiner for Kingston University in London for both the BAPE and PGDE programmes.  

I have worked with colleagues and local authorities to develop and deliver a vocational programme for senior-phase secondary pupils called Introduction to Teaching which has familiarised the pupils with the fundamental knowledge about teaching to encourage them to pursue a career in education.

 I have recently submitted an application for a grant to support the delivery of Learning for Sustainability in the University of Strathclyde.  A request for £5000 to the Alpkit Foundation has been made, to fund the setup of an Outdoor Learning group


Research Interests

  • RSHP
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Women in Science

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • PGDE (Primary Education)
  • PGDE (Physical Education in the Primary School)
  • I am currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Education.

Teaching Interests

  • PDGE Curriculum and Pedagogy (STEM)
  • Professional Practice (Primary)
  • Pedagogy and Placement Learning
  • Religious and Moral Education and Health and Wellbeing
  • Protecting and Safeguarding Children: Role of the Primary Teacher 
  • Numeracy and Mathematics in the Primary School

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PGDE (Primary), University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2003

External positions

External Examiner, Kingston University, London

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