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Pamela Ellis

Pamela Ellis

Head of Department

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences


Head of Further Education at the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.

Pamela has worked in the education industry for 40 years and has specialised in Further Education for over 30 years.

Career overview

Pamela started her career in Early Years, holding a number of posts, and she successfully applied for the post of Lecturer in Early Years as she wanted to share her experience with young people, ensuring they were skilled for the childcare industry.

She was then appointed as Senior Lecturer for the University of Central Lancashire, responsible for the Health and Social and Early Years programmes within the FE department. During this time she set up and managed a 72-place day nursery for babies and children up to 5 years, which had one of the first forest schools in the country. This was designed as a resource for the ever-growing Early Years Department. Pamela was later appointed as Divisional Leader at the University of Cumbria where she managed the Engineering, Early Years, Social Care, Extended Education (including textiles and floristry), Public Services, Outdoor Education and Sports Departments. Since arriving at NTU Pamela and her team have achieved a 96% increase in the number of students progressing to relevant Higher Education or industry.

Pamela is passionate about the Further Education provision at Brackenhurst and has empowered her team to improve the overall student learning experience. The main focus has been on teaching and learning (both practical and classroom-based) and she has used a variety of strategies such as coaching and performance management to develop staffs' skills further. She has worked alongside OFSTED, leading Teaching Learning Observation Schemes.

Research areas

Pamela has been instrumental in developing the Professional Practice in Early Years and is employed as an advisor to BTEC.

External activity

In an advisory role, Pamela has supported colleges failing to meet the OfSTED requirements. As a member of Landex she has conducted a number of annual Peer Reviews. She also gives external presentations.

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