Against the TEF: For Quality Learning


  • J M Moore Newman University



Teaching Excellence Framework, TEF, Critical Pedagogy, Quality Learning.


In this piece, I argue for reclaiming concepts like teaching excellence and quality and developing an alternative discourse to that of the fatally flawed Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Author Biography

J M Moore, Newman University

Dr J M Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Newman University. From 1984 to 1990 Moore worked at Hargrave House, an ex-prisoners housing group set up by PROP, the prisoners’ rights group. In 1990 he was the founding Director of Penrose Housing Association and where he developed a range of award-winning projects, including schemes for women ex-prisoners and mentally disordered offenders. Between 2000 and 2008 he worked as a freelance consultant for a range of voluntary sector, local government and criminal justice organisations and in various posts for the think tank Transform Drug Policy Foundation. Between 2008 and 2015 Moore worked at UWE Bristol, joining Newman in August 2015.


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