Linda Emsley

Linda Emsley BEd, MA

Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education


I teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate primary courses and also lead on recruitment for these courses. I am a member of the primary mathematics team and teach mathematics to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. As a university link tutor I carry out visits to primary schools and early years settings to support trainees on placement and I also support students through my academic tutor role.


I taught in primary schools from 1986 until 2006 during which time I taught all age ranges however most of my experience is with year 2 and year 6 children. I have held various posts of responsibility including being a head teacher, a deputy head teacher and a curriculum leader for several different curriculum areas. I worked abroad for nearly ten years in Service Children's Education in Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands.

On returning to the UK I worked in a Rotherham primary school where I was a subject leader for mathematics and was part of the Wales Mathematics Pyramid developing and promoting mathematics teaching and learning. During this time I also studied for and gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  I joined SHU in 2007; initially this was part-time while I was also working with a school in Rotherham. Whilst at SHU I studied for and gained my masters in Education.



Department of Teacher Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts

My teaching interests are in the learning and teaching of mathematics, reflective practice, enquiry based and outdoor learning. I am keen to challenge societal attitudes towards mathematics and encourage enthusiasm for the teaching and learning of mathematics in a relevant, engaging way so that learners have a deep understanding of mathematics.

Other activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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