I am a senior lecturer and the Programme Director for the BA Primary Education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and also a member of the Primary English team. I joined the university in 2008 following fourteen years of working in Kent Primary Schools.
I teach on the Primary English courses across a range of intital teacher education programmes alongside professional studies courses. My areas of academic interest lay in the development of children (and students) as readers and writers.
Teaching and subject expertise
Being a passionate reader myself, I derive great professional pleasure from encouraging children's and students' deep engagement with books: especially children's picturebooks and novels.
I have been an active member of UKLA for many years: I have edited the Newsletter since 2010 and have had the pleasure of being involved with the UKLA children's book awards team in supporting the compilation of the long lists. I am convenor of the UKLA's Children's Literature in ITE Special Interest Group, a maember of the Storytelling SIG and I am currently the President elect.
I have presented at a wide number of of international conferences: my papers have focused on student teachers' engagement with children's literature and how this, in turn, might support children's reading development. Most recently I have explored the development of reading communities through children's literature circles and reading groups.
My work as an external examiner supports the PGCE programme at Cardiff Metropolitan Unversity and the BA Primary Education at Greenwich University
Publications and research outputs
My MA dissertation focused on the teaching of reading: Control and the Teaching of Reading.
- 2015 UKLA conference presentation: Creating STARS - Student Teachers As Readers.
- 2014 UKLA conference presentation: 'Promoting good practice in developing knowledge and understanding of children's literature: the jurney from trainee teacher to confident classroom practitioner.
- 'Diverse Approaches to Language Development' and 'This is how we Teach Reading in our School' in Bower V (Ed)(2014) Developing Early Literacy 0-8 London: Sage