Principal Lecturer: Team Leader, Initial Teacher Training
I have been a qualified teacher since 1998, working across the full age range of 2-19 in teaching, advisory and leadership roles.
I am currently the Team Leader for Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training.
Prior to this, I was Deputy Head teacher within a collaboration of two small primary schools, leading and managing my 'home' school for three days a week. As well as this, I taught a through KS2 class and had specific whole school responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Behaviour and Child Protection as well as subject responsibility for English, History, MfL, PE, EYFS and Computing. In partnership with the Executive Head teacher, I led our school from the Satisfactory rating it had achieved prior to my appointment to Good in all categories and Outstanding in Behaviour and Safety. I was also a DfE writing moderator and SATS marker as well as being a school-based mentor for trainee teachers and a borough wide NQT mentor.
I have had a varied teaching career, working with learners from the ages of 2-19 (including those from Armed Forces families). Throughout this time, I have developed my leadership skills through subject leadership, year group leadership (in a five-form entry school), advisory work, school leadership and leadership in HEIs.
I have also had various roles in school governance both as staff governor and also as a co-opted governor of a nursery school.
I am committed to the development and progression of all trainees and feel passionate about enabling them to become outstanding teachers.
Teaching and supervision
I am Principal Lecturer: Team Leader for ITT responsible for the Primary and Secondary phases.
I also teach English, Professional Learning and Wider Curriculum Studies and supervise trainees on school placements. In addition to this, I am a Masters Dissertation supervisor.
Research interests for potential research students
I am currently engaging in research towards my PhD; my research question is: How do heritage, history, perceived cultural norms and the views of wider society impact upon the ways in which people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities engage with education?
My Masters research was about the confidence and competence of teachers in the teaching and learning of spelling.
My other research interests are:
- The relationship between phonics and reading for purpose and pleasure
- Working with Armed Forces Families
- Learning theories and the impact of educational neuroscience
- Creativity in the curriculum
- Teaching hard to reach learners
My PhD research is ongoing; I am researching:How do heritage, history, perceived cultural norms and the views of wider society impact upon the ways in which people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities engage with education?
My Masters research was an investigation of the key strategies which enable the effective teaching of spelling.
- The relationships between Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and education
- Teaching and learning of Primary English, including across the curriculum
- Teaching and learning in PE
- Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Assessment, monitoring and tracking
- Working with Armed Forces families
- Supporting hard to reach learners
- Teaching and learning in Primary Education
- School leadership