Senior Lecturer in Primary Education
I am a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty for Education and Society. Prior to this, I worked as a Primary School Teacher across Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
In my teaching career, I have worked in a range of different primary schools from areas with high levels of social deprivation to small, rural schools with less than 50 pupils in which I taught mixed aged classes of EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.
I have held many areas of responsibility including Literacy; Humanities; PE; Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE and C) and Health and Safety to name a few! I have led Early Years and Key Stage 1 within two different schools and I was on the school governing body as a Teacher Governor.
In my current role as Senior Lecturer I lead English, PE and Year 2 on the BA (HONS) Primary Education degree. I teach and mentor across the BA and PGCE courses in Primary Education.
I relish mentoring trainees in school and want to enable more students to go forward and gain amazing experiences in the teaching profession and to be prepared for the challenges that lay ahead.
Teaching and supervision
I teach on:
Research interests for potential research students
For my Masters in Early Years I undertook research into Early Years provision in particular observational assessment.
As I move forward in my research I am now looking into areas related to teaching English in Primary Schools in particular phonics and grammar.
A further development is researching the needs of staff and students in relation to chronic illnesses across schools, FE and HE environments.
- Early years
- Professional Learning
- Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education
- British Values
I began my career in education as a Nursery Nurse after studying for my NNEB when I left school and went on to work as a Teaching Assistant. During this time, I studied A Levels at night school before embarking on my BA (Hons) Primary Education degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I took up further studies while working full-time as a class teacher to complete my Masters in Early Years at Leeds Metropolitan University.
The varied range of primary schools that I have been lucky enough to teach in have come with their rewards and challenges. This is my main reason for wanting to develop a career in Initial Teacher Training.