Subject Director Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education
School of Education
T: 01904 876788
Having worked as a primary school teacher and Head teacher for 21 years, I moved into ITE at York St John in 2006. I have since gained my Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and I am currently writing my PhD thesis focused on promoting creativity in primary education.
I am a Subject Director on the BA Primary Education course and I teach across all three year groups but especially in year 3. I am also a York St John University Teaching Fellow.
I am married with two children, both at university. I am a Christian and a guitarist/drummer and I enjoy mixing these two facets of my life through song writing, recording and live music.
Prior to moving into primary ITE I worked in five primary schools for 21 years in Yorkshire, teaching across Key Stages 1 and 2. I was a Headteacher for 10 of those years, in two different schools, the first of which I took on as a school recently placed in Special Measure and I had the challenge and pleasure of working with colleagues to bring the school out of Special Measures and on to further success.
At York St John I teach across the BA Primary Education programmes, in both professional studies and curriculum modules. My teaching is currently based mainly on the BA Primary Education course, especially in year 3, but I also teach Geography across years 1 and 2 and the research specialism in year 3. I supervise MA dissertaions across the School of Education.
My particular interests lie in promoting creativity in primary education and supporting student teachers in developing their professional identities as emerging newly qualified teachers.
I am in the closing stages of my PhD. This focusses on promoting creativity in primary education by supporting student teachers in developing their professional identities and agencies as emerging newly qualified teachers. This collection of case studies, draws upon Foucault, Lacan and Ruti in exploring how creative identities and agencies in student and newly/recently quaified primary teachers can have postive effects in delevloping creativity in the contemporaray performative climate of primary eductaion and primary ITE.
BERA Annual Conference 2011
- Presentation: “How do I promote creativity among ITE students for practice improvement?”
BERA Annual Conference 2010
- “From pledges to practice – exercising educational influence to promote creativity”
Raymond, P. and Walters, L. (2009) EBL through VLEs: a case study in primary teacher education.
EnquireOnline [Internet], 1 (1) Spring.
I am a Governor in a North Yorkshire primary school, with responsibility for school assessment data.
I was Chief External Examnier for Primary Education at Edge Hill University from 2013 to 2018.
I was External Examiner for Primary Education at Worcester University from 2015 to 2017.
I was External Examiner for Primary Education at Cumbria University from 2010 to 2014.