I am a senior lecturer in primary education at the University. I lecture in primary education and work with student teachers in preparing them for their professional careers. I also undertake educational research and disseminate findings through conference presentations, and to students and teachers.
Research and knowledge exchange
My research includes school leadership, children’s interpretation of their educational experiences and character development. I specialise in eliciting children’s voice in research with them being active participants in the research process. My PhD investigates the relationship between school leaders’ vision for education and children’s interpretation of their education in Christian schools.
I have been engaged in international and national research projects. Recently, I worked with Professor Trevor Cooling on Church of England and Department for Education funded research into What If Learning Character Development Project. My role entailed participation in data collection, analysis, report writing and project dissemination.
I am currently part of University team developing links with Driester University, Gouda, in Netherlands exploring approaches to the development of Christian education in schools.
Teaching and subject expertise
My expertise covers aspects related to leadership development, teaching and learning. I have been a primary Headteacher in two schools, a deputy Headteacher, a special educational needs leader and a curriculum lead for science and technology. I specialise in the teaching and learning of primary science at the University. I lead an education and academic studies module on the BA programme and act as a link tutor in schools.
Other Academic Activity
I act as a reviewer for National Midwifery Council. I review nursing and midwifery programmes at educational institutions throughout the United Kingdom to protect the public and ensure compliance with NMC standards. I review regional health authority supervision of midwives and midwifery practice to ensure compliance with NMC standards. All reports are published in the public domain.
I am currently part of a team working on the production of the new educational framework to govern quality assurance of nursing and midwifery programmes in the future.
Publications and research outputs
Recent Publications and Conference Papers
DfE (2016) Qualitative research report for What If Learning Character Development Project (Initial Phase).
Church of England Education Office and Canterbury Christ Church University (2016) What If Learning Character Development Project Case Studies 2015-2016.
Church of England Education Office and Canterbury Christ Church University (2016) What If Learning Character Development Project Final Report September 2016.
Thomas, C. (2016) ISREV Conference Paper at Chicago, USA: Children’s Interpretation of Christian Distinctiveness: A Phenomenological Study.
Thomas, C. (2016) International Conference on Faith Formation and Education Conference Paper at Liverpool Hope University: Is it possible to teach character development? Teachers’ perspectives on the use of What If Learning to develop the Christian virtue of hospitality amongst pupils in Church Schools.
Thomas, C. (2016) Chapter 2 ‘Sources of knowledge for evidence-based care’ in Ellis, P. (2016) Evidence-based Practice for Nursing. London: SAGE.