Mr Marcus Bhargava

Mr Marcus Bhargava

School: Education

Job Title: Head of School


Phone: 020 8417 5531

Location: Room 218, Education Building, Kingston Hill Campus


I am Head of the School of Education at Kingston University leading one of the three Schools of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. My key role is to guide and support my colleagues so that they can provide an education for our students who work in educational practice that, in turn, will transform their learners' lives.

My own research and scholarship interests are in three areas. I'm a historian of education and my research is currently focussed on the role of the Schools Council and its impact on the development of pedagogy, teacher professionalism and the curriculum in England between 1964 and 1984. In the area of citizenship education, my recent scholarly work has focussed on the potential impact of 'Teacher Education 3.0' on citizenship teaching. I have significant expertise in the area of medium-term planning and assessment and published a book'Effective Medium-Term Planning for Teachers' with Lee Jerome in 2015 based upon our research into how highly competent teachers plan impactful learning across a period of time.

I am a former secondary school history, politics and citizenship teacher in an inner London school. I established one of the first specialist citizenship departments in England and my work gained national and international attention from educators and the media for the innovative and rigorous way that we taught the subject. I then moved into Universities as a Lecturer in Citizenship at the Institute of Education followed by six years as PGCE Citizenship course leader at London Metropolitan University. At London Met, I worked closely with colleagues to create UNICEF's first Rights Respecting ITE Provider in the UK.

My next move was into University leadership, becoming Head of Initial Teacher Education first at London Met and then at Goldsmiths, University of London. During my time at Goldsmiths, I spearheaded a number of developments to widen and diversify the Department's work in ITE including major programme re-design, developing new School Direct models which led to major expansion of School Direct business and launching brand new SCITT partnerships. I joined Kingston in 2015 and in my time at the University I've led a major overhaul of our portfolio and the structure of the School of Education. We've launched a number of brand new innovative courses including our MRes in Education, Foundation Degree in PE, Activity and Sport, BA Education and PGCert in SEN. We've also developed brand new partnerships with major education providers such as Harris Federation and Babcock Education.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • MA, History of Education (with Distinction), UCL Institute of Education
  • Facilitator Diploma, UK Secretariat for the European Pedagogical ICT Licence
  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (with Distinction), London Metropolitan University
  • Certification, Teaching and Learning in Citizenship Education, DfES and Institute of Education
  • PGCE, History (Secondary), UCL Institute of Education
  • PGCE with QTS, History, UCL Institute of Education
  • BA(Hons), History, UCL

Professional experience

  • 2015 - present
    Head of School of Education, Kingston University
  • 2013 - 2015
    Head of Initial Teacher Education, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2013 - 2013
    Acting Head of Initial Teacher Education, London Metropolitan University
  • 2012 - 2013
    Secondary PGCE Programme Co-ordinator, London Metropolitan University
  • 2007 - 2013
    Citizenship PGCE Course Leader, London Metropolitan University
  • 2007 - 2010
    KS3 Citizenship Exemplification of Standards Project co-ordinator, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
  • 2003 - 2007
    ITE and NQT Co-ordinator , Pimlico School
  • 2001 - 2007
    Head of Citizenship, Pimlico School
  • 2000 - 2007
    Teacher of History, Citizenship, RE and Government and Politics, Pimlico School

Professional registration and membership

  • Council Member, Association for Citizenship Teaching
  • Fellowship, Higher Education Agency
  • England country lead, Five Nations Network for citizenship and values education
  • Associate Member, Chartered College of Teaching

Research interests

History of education; citizenship education; assessment; planning in learning


Consultancy provided to:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority/Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (2007-2011)