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Senior Lecturer, PGCE English

In 2004, I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) degree in English and later went on to study a Masters in Journalism, before working as a national newspaper journalist. In 2008, I retrained as an English teacher and completed my PGCE at Liverpool Hope University, before studying a Masters in Education.

I taught English Language and Literature and spent some time as a middle and senior leader in schools for over a decade, while also studying for a Masters in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am now at the dissertation stage of a Doctorate in Education at the University of Glasgow and will submit in 2023.

In addition, I write educational books and have 'Preserving Positivity,' 'Mentoring in Schools' and 'Humans in the Classroom' currently published with upcoming titles for Crown House and Routledge.

I speak at a wide range of conferences and events and deliver CPD nationally to schools on staff wellbeing, mentoring and social justice, as well as workshops for more able pupils in English. I run the national MentorEd conference and GCSE Boost YouTube channels, where academics from across the country make mini lectures for GCSE students on more conceptualised ideas.

I am in the unique position of delivering the CCF at Sunderland, the ECF in my local LEA and also delivering the new NPQLTD in Manchester, so have an excellent knowledge and understanding of teacher development and how these strands align.

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

  • Mentoring
  • Teacher retention of experienced teachers
  • Experienced teacher identity
  • Bourdieu and disadvantaged students
  • Emotional intelligence when teaching literature at GCSE
  • GCSE English Literature and Language
  • Teaching and teacher training
  • Mentoring
  • Staff wellbeing
  • Teacher identity
  • Academic criticism for GCSE teaching
  • Challenging the most able
  • Preserving Positivity (John Catt, 2020)
  • Mentoring in Schools (Crown House, 2021)
  • Humans in the Classroom (McNidder and Grace, 2021)

Last updated 30 September 2021