Before entering higher education, I spent fifteen years as a primary teacher in Rotherham and in Sheffield. During this time, I worked with a team of colleagues to develop 'learning to learn' approaches to teaching and learning in Sheffield schools. This combined with my role as a student mentor to Hallam trainees, led me to join the initial teacher-training team at SHU
As part of my role as a Primary teacher, I collaborated with a number of schools and with North Sheffield EAZ, to develop Guy Claxton's 'Building Learning Power'. Through my experience of the impact this approach can have on children's learning, I am particularly interested in how effective learners can be developed through focussing on attitudes and cross-curricular skills.
I also worked with colleagues and pupils to develop coaching, gaining a certificate in pupil coaching from Newcastle College and since entering higher education, I have worked on a project to produce coaching resources which are now used to help trainees and mentors develop their coaching skills.
As leader of modules in the second and third years of our undergraduate courses, I liaise with students, staff and outside agencies to develop teaching and learning.
I also have a particular interest in Art and Design and teach this on our courses. Having completed an Art Foundation course, I use my knowledge and experience of this subject to develop techniques and inclusive approaches which can support trainees in becoming confident teachers of Art and Design.
Art & Design
The whole curriculum
Learning to learn
Social Sciences and Arts
BA (Hons) Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with QTS
BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11) with QTS
Developing the Foundation Subjects
Values and Issues in Education
My research at Masters Level included the teacher training in Art & Design, role of drawing in Primary education and the use of target-setting in ITE.
Co-ordinated the production of Building Learning Power in Sheffield Schools: a resource file to support the development of learning skills (Sheffield City Council 2005)
Contributed to Building Learning Power in Action (TLO Ltd 2005).
Chapter: Bartholomew, J., (2014) Learning to Learn in Burnett, C and Owen, D. (Eds) Getting into Primary teaching. Critical Publishing