Mark Williams

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:Programme Leader, PGCE Secondary History
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​Telephone:​029 2041 6527
​Room No:​B211



• Historical Association

Research Interests:
• The effect on inquiry based learning on student attainment
• The development of professional identity amongst teachers
• The use of film and animation in engaging disaffected learners
• The role of mobile applications in supporting pupil learning


I studied history at Swansea University specialising in crime and society, the history of Wales and the European witch hunt of the early seventeenth century. I received my PGCE from Swansea University and my Masters in Educational Practice from Cardiff Metropolitan University.  I have spent 23 years as a Head of History in secondary schools in three Welsh local authorities. I have held a number of additional roles in schools including Head of Year, Literacy Co-ordinator and School Governor. I have also worked for local authorities running literacy intervention programmes, setting up virtual learning environments, training school support staff and disseminating good practice. I work as both a GCSE and A Level examiner for a number of examination boards and have published a number of online resources. I have been involved in training teachers from a variety of different teacher training institutions as Mentor and Senior Mentor since 1992. I am particularly interested in the development of pedagogical strategies to enhance pupil learning and have led a number of HLF funded programmes to engage reluctant learners. I am keen to maintain my role as a classroom practitioner and still teach across Key Stage Three, Four and Five in an 11-18 comprehensive school.