Senior Lecturer and School Partnership Lead
I’ve been working at York St John since 2003 and held various roles including Head of Programme for primary PGCE and School Direct programmes. Prior to that, I taught children from Year 1 to Year 6 in primary and middle schools in the north. I am currently the School Partnerships Lead within the School of Education, Language & Psychology. My main role is leading mentor development and link tutors who work in our secondary and primary partnerships. I am also a qualified life coach and yoga teacher.
I teach professional studies and research mainly on primary postgraduate programmes. I supervise students for their research projects and also lead the first and second School Experience.
Course I teach on:
PGCE Primary programme
I completed a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Management and Change in 2009. As part of my PhD work, my own research has focussed on an autoethnographic perspective as I seek to explain my actions and my thinking in relation to my core values. The context of my doctoral research was around how we, as tutors, structure learning for the students on ITE programmes. I have presented at national and international conferences in order to share my thinking and receive critical perspectives on my work.
ECER, Budapest, Sept 2015: How Can We Reconceptualise The Mathematics Curriculum For Students Becoming Primary Teachers To Enable Them To Become Independent Enquirers?
ECER, Budapest, Sept 2015: Getting to the heart of research: Higher Education Action Research for Teaching (co-presented with Jean McNiff, Julian Stern, Joan Walton, Madelaine Lockwood, Rachel Wicaksono)
ARNA, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, May 2014: Issues surrounding the learning and teaching of student teachers: how can we help them to be enquirers of primary mathematics?
ARNA, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, May 2014: How can we co-construct new knowledge about our practice for the benefit of our student teachers? (co-presented with Madelaine Lockwood)
BERA, Brighton, Sept 2013: How can we reconceptualise an ITE mathematics curriculum for students as they learn to become primary teachers?
Value and Virtue Conference, YSJ July 2013: How do we influence policy at local level through collaboration and action research? (co-presented with Madelaine Lockwood)
YSJ Research seminar, Nov 2012: Value and Virtue Conference, YSJ July 2012: Challenging normative assumptions or learning and teaching in primary mathematics.
YSJ Research Conference, May 2012:
CARN, Vienna, November 2011: Building reflective relationships through the creation of educational knowledge. (co-presented with Madelaine Lockwood)
YSJ Research Seminar, November 2010: Collaborative enquiry (co-presented with Madelaine Lockwood).
UCET, Daventry, November 2010: Building reflective relationships through the creation of educational knowledge: tutors working with primary PGCE students (co-presented with Madelaine Lockwood).
CARN, Cambridge, November 2010: Creating spaces to think: collaborative enquiry for improving practice on one-year PGCE programme.
BERA, Warwick, September 2010: Creating spaces to think: collaborative enquiry for improving practice on one-year PGCE programme (co-presented with Keither Parker)
CICE, Toronto, May 2010: Building reflective relationships through the creation of educational knowledge: tutors working with PGCE primary students (co-presented with Madelaine Lockwood).
YSJ Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, January 2010: E-learning in ITE mathematics
UCET, Daventry, November 2009: Does student-instigated dialogue promote a deeper level of reflection in post-lesson discussions? (co-presented with Madelaine Lockwood)
BERA, Manchester, September 2009: Building reflective relationships through the creation of educational knowledge.
Professional and Personal Interests
I enjoy representing the university on Multi-Academy Trust boards as well as attending national UCET meetings. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I teach yoga classes in York as well as support individuals as a life coach. I enjoy keeping fit and maintaining a healthy balance within my life.