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Dr Sue Bentham

Principal Lecturer: Co-ordinator of Masters Provision in Education

Sue Bentham


Sue has responsibility for leading curriculum design/delivery for the Masters provision in the Education Department.


After graduating with a degree in Psychology, Sue worked for 8 years in residential services for adults with learning disabilities before pursuing a career in teaching. Sue has taught Psychology in FE, Sixth Form and Adult Education settings. After achieving an MSc in Applied Psychology (Learning Disabilities) Sue’s interest focused on the training of support staff. This interest has led to the publication of nine books for teaching assistants and doctoral studies concerning collaborative relationships between teachers and teaching assistants. Sue has worked at the University of Chichester for over eight years on a variety of programmes to include MA (Education), Masters of Teaching and Learning and the Student Associate Scheme.


Sue has a keen interest in the field of motivation, wellbeing, educational psychology and collaborative relationships between teachers and teaching assistants.

Research Output


Davies, J., Bentham, S. and Duah, F. (2023) The impact of group singing on children's subjective well‐being: Mixed methods research. Children & Society. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1099-0860 10.1111/chso.12727

Bentham, S. and Iles, L. (2018) Utilising motivational profiles in educational settings. Assessment & Development Matters, 10 (4). pp. 2-6. ISSN 2040-4069


Bentham, S. (2018) How to Be a Brilliant Teaching Assistant. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138059788

Bentham, S. and Hutchins, R. (2012) Improving Pupil Motivation Together: Teachers and Teaching Assistants Working Collaboratively. Routlege, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9780415584678

Bentham, S. (2011) A Teaching Assistant's Guide to Child Development and Psychology in the Classroom (Second Edition). Routlege, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9780415569224

Bentham, S. and Hutchins, R. (2009) A Teaching Assistant's Guide to Completing NVQ Level 2: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Second Edition). Routlege, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9780415490177

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