I previousy worked as a primary deputy-head and a head teacher in schools in Kent . I have also worked in primary schools in London and have taught English in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. I am currently the year one lead for the BA ( QTS) programme and teach across the BA and PGCE programmes. This role also involves dealing with the pastoral and academic needs of the students. I have a passion for languages and teach students how to deliver languages in the primary classroom. I also coordinate an exchange programme with Lyon University and schools in Madrid where I organise reciprocal teaching opportunities for students and teachers. As part of an alternative learning experience , I support students in securing learning opportunities outside the usual primary classroom context, both abroad and in England. I have a particular interest in the development of the student experience, especially in the area of resilience and personal and professional development. I am also a governor at a local primary school in Canterbury which involves monitoring curriculum development and Early Years provision.
Research and knowledge exchange
I have been involved in language development projects. In particular CLIL, integrating languages within the curriculum. This involved working with international partners in Spain, Germany and France. I have supported Masters students and teachers in researching language development. Research activities included joint observations of language lessons to highlight areas of development and future support.
Teaching and subject expertise
I was involved in coordinating local support networks for language development known as Regional Support Groups. I have organised workshops and training sessions. In my role as a link tutor I have led several staff meetings on the role of the mentor , in both national and international contexts.
Attended the international CLIL conference in Ustron, Poland in April 2013. Co-presented a workshop on Integrated Language Learning. Invited to talk at several Secondary School open days on the role of the teacher.
Publications and research outputs
Published chapters in the following books;
Does an international placement develop teacher identity in " Challenging Perceptions in Primary Education" Sangster, M (2015) : Bloomsbury
Should we be teaching languages to children under the age of 7 ?" in " Developing Teacher Expertise" Sangster, M. ( 2013): Bloomsbury