I joined CCCU in 2012 from a primary school in Canterbury where I had been a class teacher in KS1 and KS2, and the subject leader for literacy. Prior to training to teach, I had worked for the BBC for 20 years and the experience of making meaning though multimodal means informs my teaching.
At CCCU I teach on a range of different pathways, BA and PGCE. On our first year undergraduate programme I lead the Primary English course within the core curriculum studies module. As well as university based teacher education, I work with students who are undertaking school-based routes into teaching: School Direct and Teach First and PEPR, the Primary Education Progression Route.
Research and knowledge exchange
For my MA dissertation I explored reading cultures by investigating teachers’ beliefs about encouraging children as readers, and school practices. I am currently studying for a PhD, researching the home and school literacy experences of children who struggle with formal literacies in the classroom. I am interested in policy and the curriculum: the impact on literacies taught, learnt and valued in schools, and the implications for social justice.
I am part of the Identity and Pedagogy research theme group.
Teaching and subject expertise
As part of the CCCU English team my particular area of expertise is phonics, and pedagogical approaches linking phonics to wider literacy.
I provide staff development in Primary English and plan and deliver courses and workshops for Kent's Local Education Authority continuing professional development programme for teachers.
I am a member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association.
ECER September 2014
UKLA July 2016