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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.

  • About

    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.


  • Teaching

    Department of Teacher Education

    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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