Frances Child

Frances Child

School of Education
Head of the Department of Teacher Education

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Frances is Head of the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education where she teaches on the PGDipEd (QTS) Modern Languages programmes, supervises MA Teaching Studies students and contributes to mentor development.

Frances chairs the Teacher Education Strategy Group, working with head teachers, MAT CEOs and the Birmingham Education Partnership to ensure a strategic response to teacher recruitment, development and retention across the region. The Department of Teacher Education is proud to recruit and train primary and secondary teachers who go on to transform the lives of young people across the West Midlands and beyond.

She also works closely with colleagues in the University of Birmingham School (where she held the post of Vice Principal during its establishment phase) to develop the role of the first secondary University Training School. The School, which opened in September 2015, seeks to bring pupils together from different social and cultural backgrounds to create an environment that reflects the diversity of Birmingham and provides opportunities for everyone to excel.  The School hosts numerous learning activities for UoB student teachers and engages with academic staff in the School of Education and in the wider University in a range of research projects,  drawing on our mutual strengths. The School aims to connect teachers in the region – and beyond - to some of the world-leading research of the School of Education and runs, for example, our Rush Hour Research series


  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) 
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – UCL Institute of Education
  • MA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages – University of Oxford


  • Vice Principal, University of Birmingham School (2015 - 2017)
  • Director of Initial Teacher Training – King Edward’s Consortium SCITT, Birmingham (2008-2015)
  • Independent School Improvement Consultant – W Midlands (1996-2008)
  • Deputy Headteacher – Turves Green Girls’ School, Birmingham (1994-96)
  • Head of Modern Languages – Burntwood School, Wandsworth (1990-94)
  • Teacher of French – Queen Elizabeth Girls’ School, Barnet (1988-90)


Frances is an expert in Initial Teacher Education – particularly policy on recruitment, role of HEIs and 'school-led' system.