Edward Podesta

Edward Podesta

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837100 ext. 375
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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Science, University of Leeds

    Education Research Methods

  • PGCE, University of Oxford

    Secondary History

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sheffield

    Law (LLB) Hons 2:1

Professional Qualifications

  • Legal Practice Course, LPC

    30 Sep 2001 - 30 Jun 2001


Ed is the Academic Group Leader of the Secondary Education department. After completing a Bachelors degree in Law, he went onto complete a PGCE Secondary History at the University of Oxford, a Post Graduate Diploma in Innovation in Education (PGDIE) at the University of Warwick and a Master of Science in Education Research Methods at the University of Leeds.

Ed joined Leeds Trinity University in 2015. Before he joined Leeds Trinity University he had a variety of difference roles in secondary schools and universities.  Ed has been as history teacher, a head of department in the history department at a secondary school, a PGCE tutor at the University of Oxford and held roles delivering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for middle managers at Secondary school. 
In his first and second year at LTU Ed taught modules on the accelerated Education Studies degree and was also the School Direct Lead for the Dixons City Academy School Direct PGCE where he taught subject knowledge and application, professional studies and research methods courses.
Since 2016 Ed has led the PGCE Secondary Course, overseeing the work of the PGCE team as they redeveloped the assessment and structure of the entire course.
Ed Lectures at Level 6 and Level 7 on the professsional studies element of the secondary PGCE, and on the history education element of undergraduate and post-graduate primary QTS courses. He marks and moderates the Level 7 assignments of the Secondary PGCE and Primary PGCE as part of those teams.  He supervises and assesses Masters disserations on topics focused on history of education, education policy and sociology. 
In conjunction with Ed’s interest in teaching he has been blogging about history since 2006 at www.onedamnthing.org.uk and runs a 6th Form Italian History Podcast at www.onedamnthing.co.uk/italy. He has written several history school-textbooks, on diverse topics such as the Unification of Italy, Restoration England, London in the Second World War and Victorian Policing.


Teaching and Administration

Ed is teaching modules across most levels with the Secondary education and PGCE departments. These modules are:

  • Secondary Education Level 4 – Learning and Development

  • Secondary Education Level 5 – Working with Others

  • Initial Teacher Education - Professional Studies

  • Masters Supervision

Ed is the Academic Group Lead for Secondary Education. This involves oversight of the PGCE Secondary MA and Education element of our accellerated Sport and Education courses.  Ed oversaw the successful redevelopment of the Universities Secondary PGCE course in 16/17 and since then has helped the team rapidly grow the number of trainees attending the course, as well as markedly improve the outcomes of those trainees. 


Research interests

Ed has a specific interest and expertise in Continuing Professional Development, Curricular Development and Assessment practice in schools. His research areas also involve:

  • History of Education - especially local studies relating to impact of Education reforms on communities.
  • Cross curricular reform at Key Stage 3 and the role of knowledge

  • Teacher beliefs and attitudes

  • Use of published textbooks in classrooms

Ed has also presented at professional workshops and conference presentations. At the SHP conference in 2010  he presented Preparing to teach new curricula.  He recently ran workshops for Philip Allen on teaching the new OCR History A level Specification, and on preparing students for the new OCR AS level exams in History.  He is an examiner for the OCR board.  He can be consulted by external organisations on the following topic areas:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Curricular Development

  • Assessment practice in schools

  • Cross curricular reform at KS3