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


Marcus was trained as a History teacher and taught History, Politics and Citizenship in comprehensive schools in London for nine years. At Pimlico School he established one of the first Citizenship specialist departments in England and developed a wider Citizenship culture in the school. The department gained national attention for the innovative and rigorous way the subject was taught, featuring in The Guardian, BBC News and Teachers' TV. Marcus was the school's Initial Teacher Training and Newly Qualified Teacher co-ordinator and a staff governor. He was seconded part-time to the Institute of Education between 2004-2007 as a tutor on the Citizenship PGCE and BEd programmes.

Marcus became Course Leader for Citizenship at London Metropolitan University in 2007, developing a course that was praised by the subject's HMI as part of the University's Ofsted inspection in 2011. He formed effective collaborative partnerships with schools, leading to collaborative work with Citizenship department. At London Met he became Secondary Programmes Course Leader in 2012 and then Acting Head of ITE from March-September 2013, working in partnership with its key lead schools to develop School Direct.

Marcus continues to contribute to the field of Citizenship Education, building on his previous work as a member of the review group for the 2008 National Curriculum and as Associate Consultant to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority where he co-ordinated the exemplification of National Curriculum levels. He is currently a member of the DfE's Expert Panel for Citizenship and England's co-country lead for the Five Nations Network.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • 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

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)