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Mr David Wells

Head of Initial Teacher Education

Teacher Education Research group, TeacherTraining

    David was awarded a BA Hons in Business Studies at the Polytechnic of Wales (now University of Glamorgan) in 1992, before undertaking a PGCE in Business Education at Sheffield Hallam University in September 1992. David has taught in secondary schools since achieving qualified teacher status in 1993. He has held a variety of roles and taught a variety of subjects. His main subjects have always been ICT and Business Studies. From 1997 - 2010 he led the ICT and Business Studies Faculty in a large secondary school in West Essex. David took up his post here in the School of Education and Communities in September 2010.

    David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
    David is also Deputy Editor for the Cass School of Education and Communities' "Research in Teacher Education" journal. 


    David is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education. The research area being explored is centred upon gamification and the use of game dynamics to improve pupil motivation in non-digital secondary school classrooms.

    Research Group Membership:

    I am a member of the Secondary Teacher Research Group, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL.

    Current Research Interests:

    I have currently been conducting some research into the capacity for schools (and their ICT teaching staff) to move away from an ICT curriculum offer and towards delivering a more computing based curriculum.
    I am interested in researching current pupil interest, enjoyment and experience in their ICT study, and their perceptions of its appropriateness and challenge in their learning and progression.
    I am also interested to conduct research with local and partner schools regarding their capability to deliver digital literacy successfully across their curriculum, thus allowing IT departments to concentrate on teaching information technology and computer science.


    David Wells (2012) ‘Computing in Schools: Time to move beyond ICT?’ Research in Secondary Teacher Education, Vol 2(No.1), 8–13. Available at:

    David Wells (2014) ‘Embedding Information and Communication Technology across the curriculum – where are we at?’ Research in Teacher Education, Vol 4(No.2), 11–16. Available at:

    David's current research is exploring the impact of gamification pedagogies in English secondary schools. In particular, he is investigating how the dynamics of video games can be applied in a classroom where learning is not situated within a digital environment, in improving disaffected pupils’ interest, engagement, challenge, motivation, learning and satisfaction.



    Book Review of: Fautley M, Savage J. (2010) Achieving QTS: Meeting the Professional Standards Framework: Secondary Education Reflective Reader, Exeter, Learning Matters 2010

    Wells, D. 2011. Management in Education, January 2011 (25). 42.

    Book Review of: Fink D, (2010) The Succession Challenge - Building and Sustaining Leadership Capacity Through Succession Management, Sage Publications

    Wells, D. 2011. Management in Education, July 2011 (25). 131-132.

    Computing in Schools: Time to move beyond ICT?

    Wells, D. 2012. Research in Secondary Teacher Education, Vol 2 (No.1). 8-13.


    Wells, D. 2014. Research in Teacher Education, Vol 4 (No.2). 3-4.

    Embedding Information and Communication Technology across the curriculum – where are we at?

    Wells, D. 2014. Research in Teacher Education, Vol 4 (No.2). 11-16.

    21st century creative pedagogy: its importance in teacher education

    Wells, D. 2017. Info-Ted..

    Game-Based Learning in Schools: Trainee Teacher Perceptions on Implementing Gamified approaches
    In Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Games based Learning

    Wells D. 2017.

    Pre-service teachers as agents of change in the new Computing curriculum

    Wells, D. 2017. Info-Ted.

    Augmenting the learning experience in primary and secondary school education: a systematic review of recent trends in augmented reality game-based learning

    Pellas N, Fotaris P, Kazanidis I, Wells D. 2018. Springer 23. 329 - 346.



    Beyond work being done for his doctorate, David is also interested in ICT/ Computing curriculum change and the impact of ICT and technology in enhancing learning.

    David is particularly interested in the huge impact that ICT and technology can have in enhancing the learning of young people. He is also interested in exploring the use of mobile and other emerging technologies, as a source and tool for enriching and enhancing the learning experience. An emerging interest is that of digital video game impact on learning outcomes.
    With Information and Communication Technology curriculum change a current area of focus in schools, David has researched and is continuing to be interested in how schools are looking to support and facilitate this change and whether digital literacy for example, is something that schools can now successfully deliver across their curriculum.



    PGCE and SD Secondary Computing programme

    SD Secondary Business Studies programme

    Pre ITT Computing Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme

    UG Computer Science with Education degree
    July and December 2011 - facilitating (in association with colleagues from UEL's School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering), computer science CPD for partner school ICT colleagues.

    July 2013 - facilitating (in association with AppShed) mobile application development CPD for partner school colleagues.

    February 2014 - Computer Science curriculum content CPD for school teacher colleagues and newly qualified teachers (in association with trainee teachers of computing from UEL).