School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Rene Koglbauer

Executive Director of North Leadership Centre, Senior Lecturer in Education (Educational Leadership)



René Koglbauer is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS). He is currently also Acting Head of School. In addition to this leadership role, René is the Director of the North Leadership Centre ( and Director of Network for Languages North East ( René also acts as a degree programme director of a number of leadership-related programmes and is Director of the North East Teaching Schools Partnership ( leadership programmes.

In September 2014, René has taken up his two-year presidency of the Association for Language Learning (

René joined Newcastle University in 2010 as a member of the initial teacher training team, following a career in secondary schools as head of department/faculty, Head of Careers and school governor in the South East of England. During his time in the South East, René was also a lead practitioner for the local authority with a focus on assessment for learning as well as languages. René is the UK representative to the International German Teacher Association and a Trustee of the subject organisation Association for Language Learning. Over the last three years he has been actively involved in teacher training in the North East and led the Secondary Initial Teacher Training Team as its director. Before taking on the current position, René was also Degree Programme Director of the MEd Programme (fulltime). As a representative of the North East and Newcastle University, René sits on a number of steering and reference groups, including the National College for Teaching and Leadership group on languages (and ITE).

While teaching in secondary schools, René completed an MBA in Educational Leadership at Keele University. Currently, René’s research interests lie in a number of educational fields: leadership for learning, student leadership, teacher training, pedagogy and curriculum development, continuous professional development, technology and its pedagogical application in the classroom, school policy as well as international school development. In his doctoral research, René focusses on factors influencing continuous professional development in the international school sector with a case study of a chain of international schools in China.

Current roles within the university: 

  • Director of North Leadership Centre

  • Director of Network for Languages North East

  • NETSP Programme Director (North East Teaching Schools Partnership)

  • Degree Programme Director for employer-based PGCE 

  • Degree Programme Director PGCert Educational Leadership

  • Pathway Leader MA Education International Perspectives (Leadership and Management)

  • Chair of ECLS School Management Group

  • Member of ECLS Education Strategy Group

  • Member of HaSS Faculty's Opportunities Group

  • Member of university-wide PGT Task and Finish Group

Previous roles within the university:

  • Degree Programme Director of Secondary PGCE
  • Degree Programme Director of MEd (fulltime)
  • Pathway Leader MEd (Pedagogy and Learning)  


  • Member of CfLAT (Centre for learning and Teaching)
  • Member of EG WEST Reserach Centre
  • BELMAS (British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society)
  • Member of the NCTL Reference/Expert Group for Languages
  • Member of NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership)  
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors
  • Association for Language Learning ; since Sept. 2011: Trustee and Honorary Finance Officer; currently: President Elect
  • German Committee (ALL): since 2005: UK representative to the IDV (International German Teacher Association
  • Member of ALL's Special Interest Group ITT (Initial Teacher Training)
  • 2005 - 2012: School Governor / Vice-Chair of School Governing Body
  • UCET: Member of the Executive Board (since 2015), Member of International Committee (2011-2013)

Judging Panels:

  • DAAD German Translation competition (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • European Language Label (2011, 2012)
  • European Day of Languages Competition (2012 to date)
  • Language Teacher of the Year Award / Routes into Languages Ambassador Award (2015, 2016)  

In December 2013, René was interviewed by Rosie Goldsmith for the Goethe Institut London on education in the UK, Germany and Austria as well as language learning. For more details see here:




Current projects:

  • Erasmus+: EC4SLT - Entrepreneurial Competences for School Leadership Teams (2014-2016)
  • DfE / Association for Language Learning: ALL Connect
  • Tyneside Cinema Language Days
  • German GCSE/A-level days in partnership with the Goethe Institute
  • various publishing projects

Completed projects:

  • Video-conferencing and language learning (partner school: Stokesley School)
  • "Auf Deutsch" - German GCSE website: project led by Goethe Institute London:
  • Various publishing projects
  • Target Culture in the Language Classroom
  • CfBT Project: German Grammar Teaching
  • European funded project in cooperation with the Goethe Institut, London.
  • Doppelgänger-project with the Goethe Institut London

Invited Keynotes, panels, workshops (in selection):


  • ALL London: "Practical solutions for all - in language teaching" (Keynote)
  • Goethe Institute, London; annual German Day: Opening Keynote


  • Prince's Teaching Institute: MFL Residential (Oxford, UK): invited panellist (language policy, recruitment, assessment)
  • University of Vienna, Department of English (Vienna, A): "Assessment for Learning - a key aspect for the English language classroom" (workshop)
  • University of Vienna, Zentrum für LehrerInnenbildung (Vienna, A: "Assessment for Learning – the answer to all problems in assessing learning?" (Keynote) 
  • Inside Government, MFL Forum (London, UK): The Future of Modern Foreign Languages in Primary and Secondary Education.

PHD/EdD/iPhD supervision:

Current supervision focus at doctorate level: 

  • any aspects of educational leadership/management

         PhD: Azaman, A. B. (started 2014)

         EdD: Armstrong, J. (started 2015)

  • any aspects of language policy, language learning

MEd/MA Supervision

In the last couple of years, dissertations in the following areas were supervised: 

  • Educational Leadership / Management
  • Testing, Assessment, Assessment for Learning
  • Educational Policy (UK and international)
  • Thinking Skills, Thinking Maps
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Subject Pedagogy specific: in various secondary subjects
  • Primary and Secondary School Pedagogy (including SEND/G&T)
  • Language Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Design: Curriculum as Written, Taught and Experienced
  • Practitioner Enquiry research projects

Recent MEd/MA dissertations supervised include (in selection):

  • McShane, J. (2016): What were the drivers behind the movement of Initial Teacher Education from University training towards a school-led system? A Case Study.
  • Myers, R. (2015): Maximising the effectiveness of Teaching Assistants through strategic leadership.
  • Robinson, R. (2015): After-school provision: Entrepreneurial Projects - How do they impact on student learning?
  • Tu, Q. (2015): Which factors make educational leaders in Training Schools in China be perceived as having stronger leadership ability?
  • Dempster, K. (2014): The Australian Director of Studies: doing the work that matters in the ELT business.
  • Nickols, S. (2014): Do students, and members of the wider society in Finland appreciate education more than students, and members of the wider society in England?
  • Wu, Y. (2014): Women's perspectives on female educational leadership in China: a case study of one university in China.
  • Burlinson, C. (2014): Initial Teacher Training. A critical reflection on my journey towards Twiselton's concept builder.
  • Depew, S. (2013): Teacher evaluation enhances professional development.
  • Ferguson, K. (2013): What does an ideal sixth form curriculum look like for a student with autism?
  • Moktal, R. (2013): Case study of a Bruneian primary school headteacher: theory and practice.
  • Robson, M. (2013): A school based case study into the impact and perceptions of collaborative practice on teaching and learning, considering pedagogical links to coaching, management and leadership.
  • Sirett, A. (2013): What is the role of students in the improvement process of teaching and learning?
  • Sutherland, S. (2012): An investigation into independent learning in ICT post-16 level.
  • Stottart, E. (2012): How can thinking maps be used to improve essay writing in KS5 Modern Languages?


Undergraduate Teaching

  • EDU1003 - British and Comparative Education (20 credits, stage 1)
  • EDU 2001 - Pedagogies (20 credits, stage 2) session focusing on language pedagogy
  • SML4003 - Communicating and Teaching Languages for Language Ambassadors (20 credits, stage 4)

Postgraduate Teaching 

  • EDU8172 – Leadership and Strategic Management (20 credits, semester 1)
  • EDU8130 – NPQH Accreditation (60 credits, all year)
  • EDU – NPQSL Accreditation (40 credits, all year)
  • EDU – NPQML Accreditation (20 credits, all year)
  • EDU8599 – Research Dissertation/Research-based Portfolio (60 credits, semesters 2 and 3), supervision
  • Contribution to the secondary PGCE and employer-based PGCE programme.
  • Subject Leadership for Aspiring Leaders (end of PGCE programme focus day)

Current roles in Teaching and Learning

  • Strategic Lead in collaboration with heads of sections, DELT and DPDs
  • Chair of Board of Examiners: BA, Education, PGT, PGR, Educational Psychologist programmes
  • Senior Tutor
  • DPD PG Cert in Educational Leadership
  • DPD MEd in Practitioner Enquiry (Leadership Pathway)

Previously taught modules / programmes

  • EDU8033 – Investigating Educational Leadership (40 credits, semester 2)
  • EDU8031 – Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment as Foundations of Teaching and Learning (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Secondary PGCE - MFL: Curriculum Sessions,  German Subject Specific Sessions, Professional Learning in Context seminars, various lectures QTS standards assessments, Ofsted preparation;
  • Out-posted MEd Leadership & Action Research modules 

Previous roles in Teaching and Learning

  • Deputy DPD PGCE Secondary programme
  • DPD PGCE Secondary programme
  • DPD MA Education: International Perspectives
  • Pathway Leader MA Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management)
  • Module leader of EDU8172, EDU8033, SML4003
  • DPD employer-based PGCE (Primary and Secondary)