School of Education
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I started my career as a primary teacher in 1992 after graduating from York St John University College and spent my first two years in a middle school teaching PE and Year 5 and 6. I then moved to a primary school and taught children from Year 1 to Year 6. I held specific responsibility for PE, art, assessment and literacy although I taught across the whole curriculum. I became Lead Literacy Teacher for North Yorkshire before I joined YSJU in 2003 as a senior lecturer. I had always enjoyed mentoring student teachers in my primary class so it seemed the ideal opportunity to work with students on a full-time basis. I became Head of Programme for the primary full-time PGCE in 2004 and also primary School Direct in 2014. I now work within the School of Education in a new role as Director for ITE Partnerships. This is a cross-programme role, supporting all primary and secondary programmes and also colleagues in schools. I am involved in external work with schools and Multi-Academy Trusts as well as mentor development and training.
I currently teach on Foundation Degrees and primary postgraduate programmes. The main areas I teach are primary mathematics and research design and research projects (at Level 6 and Level 7). I have also taught PE, Art and PSHE. My sessions are mainly interactive where students are engaged in reflecting upon their learning through dialogue and collaboration. I enjoy seeing the outcomes of their work in their presentations, posters and reflective essays.
I completed a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Management and Change in 2009 at YSJU and have been engaged in critical discussion groups lead by Jean McNiff, Professor of Education at YSJU. I enrolled on a part-time PhD in February 2013 and my focus has been autoethnography as I seek to explain my actions and my thinking in relation to my core values. I have presented at national and international conferences in order to share my thinking and receive critical perspectives on my work. The context of my doctoral research has been around how we, as tutors, structure learning for the students on ITE programmes.
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 have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007 and am also a member of BERA.
I enjoy volunteering as a governor of my local primary school and have successfully been part of the team through two inspections. I have been vice chair as well as numeracy and Child Protection governor and regularly visit the school to keep up to date with current initiatives. I have been part of the interview process for a full range of staff at the school, from head teacher to NQT. This is a really interesting part of the governor role and I enjoy it very much.
In my spare time, I enjoy taking part in various sports and triathlons, my favourite event being at Castle Howard in July. I am developing my running stamina and completed the York 10 mile race in 2016. Yoga retreats are when I spend my time relaxing.