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Introducing Michael Bird – History CPD Primary Associate

Michael Bird is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester, and Head of the Initial Teacher Education Department.  His involvement in education over a 25 year career so far has included working in primary and secondary schools in the UK and overseas in a variety of roles for 20 years – and for most of these years as a History teacher.  His passion for history teaching and interest in how pupils can access meaningful historical knowledge led him to pursue research at Masters and Doctoral level and enabled him to move into Higher Education 5 years ago.  He established the History PGCE Programme at the University and has seen it grow in size and reputation over the last five years.  He continues to work in schools in useful collaborations, curriculum development projects and research and several of these have won funding from the AHRC and the National Lottery.  Michael is a regular contributor to educational conferences, and publications including to the Historical Association and the British Education Research Association.  He is a great believer in teachers’ becoming authorities in their own practice and a strong advocate for new and innovative models of teacher learning and development to that end.  It is only through the power that knowledge confers that the health of the profession can be enhanced and maintained.