Arlene Pryce 




Programme Leader for PGCE Secondary English

School: Cardiff School of Education
Telephone:    029 20416 526
Room No:   B116


Research Groups:
• Pedagogy and Andragogy Research Group (PARG)
• Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)

• Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
• Member of the General Teaching Council, Wales (GTCW)
• University of Cambridge, Leadership for Learning Network (LfL Network)
• Member of United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
• Member of the National Association of Teachers of English (NATE)
• Member of the London Association of Teachers of English (LATE)
• Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA)
• Member of the U.K. National Literacy Trust Network (NLT)

Research Interests:
• Leadership for Learning
• Literacy and Education
• Visual Literacy
• English, Drama and Media in Education
• Theatre Studies and Drama
• 14-19 Education UK/US



Peer  Refereed journals:
Weisstein, E., Pryce, A. (2011) An American Perspective on the Roles of High Schools & College within 14-19 Education, Times Education Supplement

Pryce Jones, A. (2001) Drama- an A Level Practical Workshop Guide to Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Tonite Arts, Volume 3

Pryce Jones, A. (1993-8) A range of published specialist articles or teaching & learning materials based on English, Media and Drama commissioned by: the ABI, Money

Management Review Teaching Journal, Macmillan Press, Channel 4, and the Meat and Livestock Commission

Books/ book chapters:
Welsh Government/ Pryce, A.M., Bowers, J., Jones, B.V. and Croakley, R. (2013) An Introduction to Thinking Skills, Module 3 (online)

Welsh Government/ Pryce, A.M. and Jones, G.L. (2013) Understanding Metacognition and the Acquisition of Higher-order Literacy Skills, Module 5 [online]

Davies, L., Jones H, R., Jones, G., Morgan G., Pryce, A., Renwick, A., Sweet, M. (2011) The Learning Coach: a guide to legislation, UWIC Press

Conference papers
Pryce A. and Agar, A. (2011)-Visual Literacy and Thinking Skills, presented at the Cardiff School of Education ITET Partnership Conference, Cwmbran, 2011
Pryce- Jones, A. and Frater, G. (2005) The Effectiveness of Drama in Teaching Literacy, presented at the Basic Skills Conference, Cardiff

Other publications
Member of the editorial panel (1993-8) the ABI’s magazine “Money Management Review”
Peer reviewer (2012-2013) for peer refereed materials on ITET for Routledge Education



The Artes Mundi/ PGCE English Visual Literacy Project 2010-14 funded by the National Museum of Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University- project leader

Reverse Strategic Insight Programme -2011 making links between Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Massachusetts School and Main Institute and the director of U.S. Schools for the Future Project  -Principal Investigator

Strategic Insight Programme Grant awarded- 2010 for working with the Massachusetts School and Main Institute on a 14-19 Educational Inclusion Project – Principal Investigator

Pryce, A. (2010) International Knowledge Partnership for Inclusive Education Strategies, presented at the 14-19 International Education Conference, Cardiff, 2011- conference organiser

The Whitchurch High School/PGCE English  SEWCTET Literacy Project 2010-13, funded by Cardiff City Council & Cardiff Metropolitan University- co- leader



Arlene Pryce – is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for PGCE Secondary English in the School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is an English and Drama specialist, completing her  Bachelor of Education degree in English and Education at Newnham College, Cambridge having gained a Certificate in English and Drama with Distinction from Homerton College, Cambridge. She later gained her Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Wales at Cardiff University where she specialised in the Methodologies of Teaching English Literature at 16+   She has a diploma in the teaching of Media Studies from the University of Glamorgan and TDLB awards from RSA as a vocational verifier. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She worked initially as an English Language tutor and Social/ Pastoral Lead in European and Japanese courses for Inter Study courses at Emmanuel and Downing Colleges, Cambridge. She then taught English, Drama, Classical Studies and Media across the age and ability ranges in the Secondary sector for 29 years, before joining UWIC, in January, 2008. She held positions in a variety of Secondary schools in England and Wales, including: Coordinator of Literacy; Head of Dept., Coordinator of Creative Arts and Head of Years 9-11. She has been an examiner in her subject areas of: SATS/GCSE/AS/A Levels and a verifier of vocational awards for a variety of examining bodies during her career. She was external examiner for PGCE Secondary English for Anglia Ruskin University from 2009-2013.

She has been Programme Leader for PGCE Secondary English at Cardiff Metropolitan University for the last six years. She also trained Learning Coaches across Wales and has provided Classroom /Behaviour Management training for a range of other educational providers, such as museums and language schools. She has lectured and been module leader for Shakespeare; the History of Theatre and Professional Education Studies at undergraduate level. Arlene Pryce is honorary tutor and mentor of Education for Cardiff University‘s Masters in Educational Practice and is a mentor for the Welsh Government’s NQT programme.

She has been an educational consultant in the U.K. and U.S., having worked closely with the U.S.GED +Programme and Schools for the Future. She is an advocate of the power of the arts in education and has directed over 25 school drama productions touring many of these plays to venues in Massachusetts, U.S.A. She has led a range of international educational projects, such as: school exchanges to France and the U.S; work placements for British teachers in U.S. business and industry; a U.S. Education Conference linked to the Institute of Welsh Affairs and an international Education Conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University examining the role of inclusion for 14-19 education. She is a current member of Cambridge University’s Leadership for Learning Network, with a research interest in international leadership literacy strategies.

Arlene Pryce’s current educational research is in Literacy strategies linked to Wales’ Closing the Poverty Gap agenda where she is actively involved in the national drive for improved Literacy. She has been engaged collaboratively with the National Museum of Wales’ Artes Mundi Prize in a series of projects where pupils’ from Communities First Areas have developed oracy, critical appreciation skills and international awareness. She is speaking about this research at the forthcoming Aberystwyth International Conference of the Child 2014. She enjoys devising educational teaching and learning materials and her most recent work is on Literacy in the Classroom; some of her publications of teacher training materials linked to PISA can be seen on the Learning Wales website. She works as a Welsh Government advisor for Literacy on the Expert Literacy Panel for Wales.



External examiner of Primary and Secondary ITET at Anglia Ruskin University, 2009-13
External Examiner of PGCE Secondary English at Anglia Ruskin University 2009-13 Member of the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)
Member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT)
Member of the University College Union (UCU)