My research interests emerge from the theory and practice of teaching English at secondary and post 16 levels. As a student-centred teacher, I am keen to use research to inform practice, both my own and that of others, as well as improving the experience of learners. I have previously undertaken small-scale qualitative projects on aspects of the secondaery English classroom: talk as a teaching tool; the effectiveness of formative assessment; changing reader identity; transition from GCSE to A Level. My doctoral study focused on pedagogy to support reading engagement in KS3 (age 11 - 14).
Approach to teaching
My teaching is shaped and influenced by my experience as a secondary practitioner and my own postgraduate studies. I use a variety of active approaches to encourage learners’ engagement and stimulate their curiosity. With a background in English Literature, I am keen to promote critical scutiny of all texts whether a Rossetti poem, an Atwood novel or a DfE policy document.
I am keen to supervise projects aligned to my own expertise and interests in the theory and practice of secondary English.
Previously, I have supervised students on the UoB MA Education programme, exploring a broad range of pedagogical topics. I am currently supervising an English teacher in Stage 1 of the EdD.
I am currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Education teaching predominantly at postgraduate level across ITE courses and provision for in-service educators. I am Route Leader for the PGCE English (secondary) but contribute to other programmes within the school.
I am a qualified secondary English teacher and worked for over twenty years in schools and colleges across Sussex before joining the UoB.
I am a longstanding member of NATE, attending the annual conference and other events at local and national level.
PhD, What are the enablers of and barriers to reading in KS3 English?, University of Brighton
Award Date: 22 Nov 2021
Master, MA Education, University of Sussex
Award Date: 1 Oct 2013
PGCE Secondary English, University of Sussex
Award Date: 30 Jun 1993
Bachelor, English with Media and Communications, University of Wolverhampton
Award Date: 16 Jul 1992
External Examiner, Anglia Ruskin University
Sept 2018 → Aug 2022
- PE English
- PR English literature
- PZ Childrens literature
- L Education (General)
- LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
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