My current roles at CCCU include Priority Lead for Primary Behaviour and Working with Parents, Programme Director PG Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning, Professional Studies, English and Languages Tutor. I am also Academic Link Tutor and research lead for Essex and Thames Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training Partnership. I have worked in a number of primary and secondary schools across Kent, London and Essex in a variety of teaching, leadership, advisory and coaching roles. I was formerly Primary Lead on the Teach First Primary Languages Pilot Programme and Primary Languages Advisor for Medway LA where I managed networks of primary and secondary creative language partnerships. I was also a leadership coach for the Achievement for All charity, working closely with schools to develop strong partnerships with parents to support pupil progress.
Research and knowledge exchange
I am project lead for the Family Links Partnership Project Leadership for Emotional Health, Resilience and Well-being which joins together the work of the CCCU Family Links Partnership Ambassador Network and the Fair Education Alliance Impact Goal 3 Working group. The School of Teacher Education at Canterbury Christ Church University has been working in partnership with the Family Links Charity on a number of initiatives since 2009. Family Links is a national training organisation which promotes emotional wellbeing and mental health as well as positive parenting skills, and delivers training across a variety of settings to enable parents and teachers to become more effective, caring and confident in raising emotionally resilient and socially competent children. This partnership approach aims to expand social and emotional learning to more schools in the UK. CCCU has recently launched a Post Graduate Certificate in Social and Emotional Learning supported through the partnership with Family Links.
Teaching and subject expertise
I supported a Croydon schools group (2012 - 2016) on the development of an accelerated approach to language learning from primary to KS3. My support focused on integrating language and content, embedding language learning and developing support resources for schools. Our aim was to encourage a language conscious teaching approach and an awareness of three key aspects of language - language as communication (interpreting, creating and exchanging 'meanings that matter), language as culture (recognising the interrelationship between language, culture and learning) and language as identity (reflection and evaluation - understanding self as comunicator/self as learner). I continue to provide primary languages INSET with a focus on creative and integrated language learning.
Facilitator Mentor Development Programme
Professional Affiliate Chartered College of Teaching
Fellow Higher Education Academy
Primary School Governor (2011 - 2013)
Cobb, W., Lau, E. and Wallington, Z. (2017) The limits of labels and measures. Exploring the use of formative assessment to measure social and emotional learning, mindsets and character traits in Blackpool. BSA Sociology of Education Social Mobility Conference
Jordan-Daus, K. and Cobb, W. (2017) 'Research and Enterprise: A Case Study' Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Education Research Conference
Cobb, W and Shearman, J. (2016) The Power of Partnership for Social and Emotional Health – ‘a different kind of teaching’ OMEP European Conference
Cobb, W. and Haisman-Smith, N. (2015) ‘Creating Emotionally Healthy Learning Communities through Research Informed Partnerships’ TEAN
Cobb, W. and Matthews, D. (2014) ‘A KS2/3 model for effective cross-phase learning’ Association of Language Learning
Publications and research outputs
Cobb, W. and Stevenson, B. (2018) 'Mental Health Crisis in Schools - a need for system change' Canterbury Christ Church University Expert Comment Online Post
Cobb, W., Haisman-Smith, N., Jordan-Daus, K. (2017) ‘Empowering positive partnerships: a review of the processes, benefits and challenges of a university and charity social and emotional learning partnership’, TEAN Journal, 9(2), pp. 64-75.
'Research Methods: how will I collect the data?' Chapter in Austin, R. (ed.) (2016) Researching Primary Education, Learning Matters
Cobb, W. (2014) A Tale of Leadership Resilience and Wellbeing MA Leadership and Management for Learning Canterbury Christ Church University
Cobb, W. ed. (2013) Language Awareness Programme Accelerated Modern Languge Acquisition Partnership