I am Associate Professor of Education at Middlesex University, where I teach and work with colleagues in the Centre for Educational Research and Scholarship (CERS) to build research capacity. I have worked in schools, charities and higher education for the past twenty five years, starting as a teacher of history and sociology in London secondary schools. I then became Education Director at the Institute for Citizenship, and subsequently moved into the university sector where I have taught on a variety of undergraduate, post graduate and professional courses in traditional face to face classrooms and on-line environments.
I gained my PhD in Citizenship Education Policy in 2012 from the Institute of Education in London. I also have an MA in History of Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies, from Birkbeck College, a PGCE in Social Studies and a BSc in Politics and Sociology. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I explore three main themes in my research and writing:
1. Citizenship education
I have published work on the development of citizenship education policy, the establishment of citizenship education as a new curriculum subject in England and deliberation as a pedagogic approach. I am co-editor of Teaching Citizenship, the journal of the Association for Citizenship Teaching, and editor of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. I have also researched character education and the Prevent Duty in education, and am currently conducting research on how to promote active citizenship through schools.
2. Children's rights
I led a Rights Respecting PGCE at London Metropolitan University, in which the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child were established as a foundation for the teacher education course. I continued to explore this theme in my work at the Centre for Children's Rights at Queen's University Belfast, where I led the MA Children's Rights and coordinated an international research project to establish a baseline assessment of child rights education (CRE) across 26 countries. With Hugh Starkey I have published a book on 'Children's Rights Education in Diverse Classrooms'.
3. Teacher education
Having taught on teacher education courses for a number of years I maintain an interest in this area. I coordinate the Special Interest Group on Professional Education and Partnerships at Middlesex and continue to run short courses and training for colleagues in a range of educational issues. I have published on teacher standards, teachers' agency and with Marcus Bhargava I published a book on teachers' medium term planning.
I'm interested in exploring these three themes through research, consultancy, professional collaborations and through postgraduate supervision, so if you have an idea, please get in touch.
I am currently programme leader for the MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies. I also teach undergraduate research methods and supervise individual dissertations and doctoral theses. I also contribute to the doctoral training programme and chair the education ethics committee.
I am interested in supervising students working in the following areas and would welcome conversations with prospective doctoral students:
Full details of my publications appear in the updated section below, here are the books I have written and edited.
Jerome, L. and Starkey, H. (2021) Children's Rights Education in Diverse Classrooms: pedagogy, principles and practice. London: Bloomsbury.
Busher, J. and Jerome, L. (Eds.) (2020) The Prevent Duty in Education: Impact, Enactment and Implications. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [Open Access]
Jerome, L. and Kisby, B. (2019) The Rise of Character Education in Britain: Heroes, Dragons and the Myths of Character. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Jerome, L. and Bhargava, M. (2015) Effective Medium-term Planning for Teaching. London: Sage.
Jerome, L. (2012) England’s Citizenship Education Experiment: state, school and student perspectives. London: Continuum.
Jerome, Lee and Starkey, Hugh (2022) Developing children’s agency within a children’s rights education framework: ten propositions. Education 3-13 . ISSN 0300-4279 (Accepted/In press)
Jerome, Lee and Evers, Gareth and Suthern, Alexandra (2021) Professional development. In: International Perspectives on Drama and Citizenship Education: Acting Globally. McGuinn, Nicholas and Ikeno, Norio and Davies, Ian and Sant, Edda , eds. Routledge Research in Education . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 191-197. ISBN 9780367524876
Jerome, Lee and Liddle, Anna and Young, Helen (2021) Talking tolerance: being deliberative about fundamental British values. PRISM , 3 (2). pp. 48-61. ISSN 2514-5347
Jerome, Lee and Starkey, Hugh (2021) Children's rights education in diverse classrooms: pedagogy, principles and practice. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350062818
Jerome, Lee and Liddle, Anna and Young, Helen (2021) Talking about rights without talking about rights: on the absence of knowledge in classroom discussions. Human Rights Education Review , 4 (1). pp. 8-26. ISSN 2535-5406
2018-20 £10,000 British Academy funding to research the 'Deliberative Classroom'.
2017-19 £50,000 Department for Education grant for the 'Deliberative Classroom' project (with ACT and ESU).
2016-17 £3,000 ACT 'Speak Truth to Power' Human Rights Project Evaluation.
2015-16 £3,000 ACT 'Building Resilience' Evaluation.
2014-15 £6,000 SCOTENS 'Citizenship Education Learning and Progression' Dublin / Belfast partnership.
2014-15 £3,000 Gordon Cook Foundation 'Citizenship Education Learning and Progression' Edinburgh / Belfast partnership.
2013-14 UNICEF (PFP) £24,000 research contact 'Children's Rights Education: Baseline Survey'.
I am a founder-member of the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT), the subject association for Citizenship, where I have served as a trustee, chair of council and council member. I am currently co-editor of ACT's journal 'Teaching Citizenship' which is the professional journal for Citizenship teachers in England. I am also a country lead for England in the Five Nations Network.
I am a Senior Fellow at the Higher Education Academy and have also served on a variety of advisory groups for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. I have worked as a consultant for the BBC, the Swadhinata Trust, Bishopsgate Library, the English Speaking Union and the Jewish Museum.