Ben Porter

Name: Ben Porter
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (Science)
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


2017 – present     Senior Lecturer in Primary Science Education, Edge Hill University
2016 – present     External Examiner for PGCE Secondary Science, Manchester                                                         Metropolitan University
2013 – 2016          Course Leader Secondary PGCE Physics with Maths, Edge Hill University
2010 – 2017          Senior Lecturer for Physics and Maths Modules of BSc Secondary Science                                   Degree (with QTS), Edge Hill University
2010 – 2017          Senior Lecturer in Secondary Science Education, Edge Hill University
2002 – 2007          Assistant Examiner – A-level Physics- Cambridge International                                                       Examinations and OCR Exam Boards
1994 – 2010          High School Physics and Electronics Teacher, Head of Physics Department                                 in various schools in NW of England


Philosophy of Social Science Research- Research Training Module (20 credits at M-level), University of Birmingham (2018)
PG Cert -Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University (2010 – 2013)
MA Education, The Open University (2005 – 2010)
BEng Electrical Engineering, University of Liverpool (1987 – 1990)
PGCE- Physics, University of Northumbria (1992-1994)

Professional Development/Enhancement
Member of the History of Education Society
Member of The Validation and Audit Sub-Committee Standing Panel at Edge Hill University


Research Interests

  • PhD Research with the School of Education at the University of Birmingham.
  • History of Education Policy in England since 1944.
  • The Philosophy of Conservatism and the education policies of the Conservative Party. Social Justice and Grammar Schools.


Porter, B. (2017) Personal Reflections. History of Education Researcher

David W. Putwain , Laura J. Nicholson, Ghada Nakhla, Monika Reece, Benjamin Porter, Anthony Liversidge. Fear appeals prior to a high-stakes examination can have a positive or negative impact on engagement depending on how the message is appraised 2016. Contemporary Educational Psychology. 44-45:21-31

David W. Putwain, Ghada Nakhla , Anthony Liversidge, Laura J. Nicholson , Benjamin Porter, Monika Reece. Teachers use of fear appeals prior to a high-stakes examination: Is frequency linked to perceived student engagement and how do students respond? In Progress January 2017. Teaching and Teacher Education. 61:73-83

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise

Conference Presentations

Edge Hill Annual Education Research Conference July 2017- Round table presentation on PhD research- The History of Education Policy in England and Grammar Schools

External Collaborations/Partnership Activity

External Examiner for PGCE Secondary Science at Manchester Metropolitan University- 2016 – present
The History of Education Society – Full Member


Fellow of The Higher Education Academy


All aspects of teaching and learning.
The history of education and politics. Social justice and education.