Professor Wasyl Cajkler

Wasyl CajklerProfessor of Education, Head of School

B.A. (Hons) (Wales)
MSc. Teaching English (Aston)
PGCE/Dip TESOL (Manchester)

PhD (Leicester)

Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3663




Personal details


I taught for fifteen years in secondary and tertiary education in the UK, France and Nepal, before joining the University in 1990 as a lecturer in Education. Since then, my contribution to the School of Education has been extensive. My involvement with Continuing Professional Development, Doctoral Studies and the development of the distance learning MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, are among my many achievements. I currently teach on a range of courses including PGCE Secondary with Modern Languages, PGCE Primary with French and the MA International Education. In addition, I specialise in offering schools support to introduce 'lesson study' as a vehicle for the collaborative development of both learning and teaching. A number of projects have been undertaken following advice from the Lesson Study Research Group.

The principal focus of my work is teacher education, with specific reference to the needs of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Modern Language teachers. I am a founder member of the Association for Language Awareness, a contributor and review for Language Awareness Journal and Language and Education. Find out more about this at I am also a member of the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the World Association for Lesson Studies (WALS), at which I am a frequent speaker, the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe (ATEE). I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and since November 2018, I have been interim Head of the School of Education.


Wasyl teaches on the following modules for the courses listed below:

PGCE Secondary with Modern Languages

  • ED7303 Modern Languages Teaching, Learning and Assessment for Learning in the Secondary School
  • ED7304 Critical Issues in Modern Language Teaching

Subsidiary Course for PGCE  Teacher Development: English as an Additional Language

SCITT (Leicestershire)  Lesson Study Module 1 of the programme

MA International Education

  • ED7310 Contemporary Issues in Education
  • ED7320 Dissertation

Lesson study: Chair of the Lesson Study Research Group, Wasyl has acted as consultant to a number of schools and projects in the use of 'lesson 'study' (2011-18).

CPD+: Wasyl contributes to programmes organised by CPD+ for teachers and school leaders, national and international, for example to teachers and school leaders from Kazakhstan in 2014, teachers from Panama in 2017 and 2018, focusing on the collaborative development of pedagogy. In 2018, we have been working in the Khebrat project with 26 Saudi teachers and teacher leaders, preparing for important educational reform initiatives.


Wasyl’s research interests lie primarily in the training of teachers to teach Modern Languages and English as an additional language and general issues of teacher education. This has led to exploration of policy issues including the National Literacy Strategy and the teaching and learning of grammar. Currently, initial teacher preparation and teacher development are being explored through research projects that involve lesson study (see Cajkler, Wood, Norton and Pedder, 2013, 2015; Cajkler and Wood, 2016) in both University and school-led initial teacher education (SCITT). In addition, we have piloted a participative form of lesson study (HEA-funded) in the Masters in International Education programme. Wasyl convenes the Lesson Study Research Group in the School of Education.

Research projects

Lesson study to facilitate the teaching of mental health (2018-19, with Sarah Adams)

Lesson Study, investigating the learning of trainee teachers collaborating with Dr Phil Wood (2012-2013) (funded by the Society for Educational Studies)

Lesson Study, investigating learning with international post-graduate students collaborating with Dr Phil Wood (2012-2013) (funded by the Higher Education Academy)

These projects were developed as a result of a pilot study of one school's use of lesson stdy for teacher development, funded by the University of Leicester research fund (2011-12). Both were successfully completed in 2013 with research reports and associated conference presentations.

Preparation for teaching in multilingual classrooms (2007-2011)

Wasyl was engaged in research with a local authority colleague, Dr Bernadette Hall, exploring the training of primary school teachers to teach pupils with English as an additional language (EAL). Recent publications have focused on this interest.

Working with Adults: EPPI review of the contribution of teaching assistants to academic and social engagement (2003-2007)

This three-year project, funded by the Training and Development Agency (TDA), was guided by methodology developed by the EPPI-centre at the Institute of Education, University of London and concerned the contributions of teaching assistants to academic and social engagement in mainstream settings.  Access three full reports here.


Topics available for Doctoral supervision include:

  • Teacher education and second language learning
  • Teacher education and induction in relation to English as an additional language
  • Lesson study for pedagogic development (two current doctoral students are engaged in lesson study research).

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