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Gemma Heathcote

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Primary Teacher Education Undergraduate and Professional Education


Gemma Heathcote is a lecturer in Nottingham Trent Institute of Education. Gemma teaches on the MA Education course and leads the MA Offsite Provision. She also teaches on the FdA Education Policy and Practice , the BA (Hons) Education: Policy and Practice , Primary SCITT courses, as well as supervising trainee teachers on placement. Gemma teaches predominately on modules in relation to Social Justice, Education Policy, Curriculum, Critical Reflection and Action Research.

Career overview

Gemma is a trained primary school teacher and completed her training at University of Hull. She worked for approximately 6 years as primary school teacher in Derby and Nottingham, teaching in mainstream settings. In 2016, she completed an MA in Education at NTU and then worked as an hourly paid lecturer for the University of Derby. Gemma has been working at NTU for approximately 3 years on the NIE CPD Team.

Research areas

Gemma's PhD research focuses on exploring 'resilience' with Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) in different English education settings. She is currently recruiting participants for this research study - please see the information below:

Research Project: Exploring resilience

My name is Gemma Heathcote and I’m a lecturer and PhD student at NTU. I’m currently recruiting Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs), who might be interested in exploring ‘resilience’ and engaging with professional reflection. This PhD project aims to explore ‘resilience’ with people who are currently working in a TA/ HLTA role in any education setting. You will explore:

  1. What is resilience?
  2. How does resilience relate to my professional identity, role and practice?

You do not need any qualifications, previous experience of research or professional reflection to join in, just an interest in resilience!

If you agreed to participate, you would:

  • attend 4 x 1 hour online seminar sessions via MS Teams with 3-4 other people. These seminar sessions can take place at a time that is suitable and mutually convenient time and would take place approximately every 2 weeks.
  • keep a personal reflective photo journal in between seminar sessions.
  • attend a 1-1 online interview via MS Teams approximately 1-2 weeks after the final seminar.

I aim to start this project in September/ October 2022. If this opportunity is of interest, please contact me at by 15th July 2022.