Research Centre for Learning and Teaching

Staff Profile

Jon Haines

Lecturer, Secondary PGCE Science


Jon is Course Leader for Secondary Science Initial Teacher Training and Lecturer in Education. He has recent experience as an outstanding classroom teacher and as Head of Department / Curriculum Leader for Science, at Longbenton Community College. In this role, not only was he responsible for the improvement of science teaching and learning, but he also played a significant role in the development and adoption of online learning resources for the college. Jon has a passion for improving learning outcomes and teaching through the effective application of technology, and is currently working with colleagues at the University on developing a low cost app which integrates video technology with graphical and text based feedback for recording and tracking good classroom practice for use as a CPD / ITT coaching and development tool.

His academic interests include: 

  • moving mobile technology from under the desk, encouraging the positive and proactive use of smartphones and tablet computers in the classroom;
  • science in context - how can contextualised science teaching improve learning outcomes, especially in developing countries?
  • improving the quality of teaching and learning through more effective teacher coaching, mentoring and tuition.

Previously, Jon worked as a business development manager and environmental consultant for part of the Northumbrian Water Group which was subsequently acquired by Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux.


PGCE (Secondary Science) - Newcastle University 

BSc (Hons) - Sheffield University

Previous Positions:

Head of Department, Longbenton Community College, Hailsham Avenue, Longbenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 8ER.

Assistant Head of Sixth Form,  Longbenton Community College, Hailsham Avenue, Longbenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 8ER.

Business Development Manager / Environmental Consultant, SITA, Teesside Energy From Waste Plant, Portrack Lane, Billingham, Teesside.

Other Interests

Family & friends, occasional fair-weather mountain biking and a love of music and musical performance - Jon plays bass guitar and has been known to sing from time to time!


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