Currently Primary Lead for Canterbury Christ Church University - Teach First partnerships. Helen works closely with Teach First and with the Primary Leads from other Universities involved. Helen has worked at CCCU since 2000 as a member of the Primary Mathematics Team leading sessions and courses for ITE students. For several years, she was Programme Director for PGCE Primary Part-time. She has also been closely involved in Mentor training and development. Prior to this she taught across the primary age range in schools in Kent and Essex and was a Deputy Headteacher.
Research and knowledge exchange
TTA Best Practice in Mentoring project to develop a web-site of case studies 2001-2004
Teaching Mathematical Vocabulary for the IUFM of Lyon France published 2006
Mentor Training for the Primary Modern Foreign languages (PMFL) project at the Bi-lateral conference of French and English Providers of Initial Teacher Education in Paris July 7th 2005 and at a conference for IUFM staff in the SE of France February 2005.
Member of team supporting CCCU/Kent ASK Curriculum Development and Pupil Voice project 2009 – 2010. Presented some research findings from this at Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) conference at the University of Birmingham on 6th September 2010. Children Talking; Teachers Listening; Developing Curriculum. Funded through Faculty Staff Development.
Research: New Models of Leadership in Kent Schools, commissioned by Kent County Council (KCC), 2009-2010. Presented research findings at British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference at the University of Warwick on 3.9.10. Funded by CCCU small research grant.
Research: ‘Questions of identity: teachers' conceptions of the coaching role in funded professional development programmes’ presented at BERA September 2011.
Teaching and subject expertise
Active committee member of National Primary Teacher Education Council (NaPTEC)
Member of Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM)
External Examiner for the University of Gloucestershire B.Ed. (2005 – 2008)
External Examiner for the University of Bedfordshire PGCE (2007 – 2011)
In recent years, much of Helen’s current work has been external with the Teach First organisation and the other Universities in England involved in the Teach First Primary Programme. This included leading and managing developments in the programme.
Previously, Helen has presented at several NaPTEC conferences and seminars and some years ago led mentor development sessions and conference presentations in France, Germany and Spain in connection with the exchange of primary student teachers and the development of Modern Foreign Languages.
Publications and research outputs
Taylor, H. and Austin, R. (2007) The Whole Wide World: Developing Young Children’s Intercultural Understanding in Austin, R. (Ed) (2007) Letting the Outside in Stoke on Trent: Trentham.
Birrell, G., Taylor, H. and Ward, H. (2010) Succeeding on your Primary PGCE London: Sage
Donaldson, G., Field, J., Harries, D., Tope, C. and Taylor, H. (2012) Becoming a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Abingdon: Routledge
Taylor, H. and Harris, A. (Ed) (2014) Learning and Teaching Mathematics 0 – 8 London: Sage