I currently teach on the 3-7 and 5-11 Education QTS undergraduate and postgraduate courses and am the Foundation subjects Leader. I am also involved in developing our partnership with the schools in our region. This includes mentor training and support and being a link tutor for trainees on all routes and year groups in mainstream and SEND settings.
I have been a teacher for the last 30 years. I joined the Teacher Education team part time at Sheffield Hallam in September 2010, combining my role with teaching in a Sheffield primary school. I became full time in September 2013. Prior to this I worked as a teacher mainly in Key Stage 2 Sheffield settings. I have been a member of a Senior leadership Team and acted as a Primary DT advisory teacher in Sheffield LEA working with children from 3-11.
I teach foundation subjects across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I try to ensure that issues around inclusion are discussed across the subjects. As a first year academic tutor I teach understanding learning and learners and professional learning. I explore professional learning in more depth with my second year group and support a group of Newly Qualified teachers.
In my partnership role I liaise with SHU academic and non-academic staff and school colleagues to develop and enhance our partnership with schools. This includes mentor and academic staff training, placement of trainees, allocation of academic staff to the link tutor role and moderating lesson observations across courses and settings (both mainstream and SEND).
Foundation Subjects, Maths
Social Sciences and Arts
My teaching interests include the full range of foundation subjects but particularly history and geography, professional learning and inclusion (especially behaviour and social and emotional literacy).
I have worked with school colleagues to develop a lesson grading sheet for trainees in SEND settings.
I am working with colleagues across SIOE to review our use of P4C as a method of developing critical thinking amongst our trainees.
I am working with SHU and school colleagues to enhance trainee attainment in formative and summative assessment (TS2 and 6)
I am a member of the Historical Association, Geographical location and Sex Education Forum.
External examiner BA programme MMU 2014-present