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Lyndsay Creasey-Gray MA

Senior Lecturer in Primary English


Summary

I have worked for Sheffield Hallam University since 2012 as a Primary English specialist tutor. Since 2014 I have been course leader for the BA in Teaching and Learning top-up degree. This has built on my experience and duties involved in managing teams as leader of the BATL course, in developing the course materials and its profile as a successful route into teaching for existing teaching assistants. Within this role I am also module leader for the year 2 module, Enhancing Learning through talk. My other duties include leading seminars and lectures in Primary English from levels 4-6. I am a ULT in a range of schools across Sheffield and Derbyshire and am academic tutee for a group of BA trainees.

About

I currently work for Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in Primary English. In this role, I teach students from level 4-6, as part of the BA and PG degree courses. For the past five years I have also taught on the BATL course, which involves me teaching English seminars and organising the professional practice element of the course. Since 2011 I have taken on the role of Year 1 leader for the BA in Teaching and Learning course which has proved to be both challenging and fulfilling. As a smaller cohort of teaching assistants with varying areas of expertise, the work is very interesting and I enjoy getting to know each student well, as both their tutor and link with the wider university opportunities. Since 2014, I have taken on the role of course leader, which has been an exciting transition having worked closely with the previous course leader so I can now take that experience and extend and develop those ideas across the course in-line with other BA and PG practices. Throughout my time at SHU, I have taught on all undergraduate courses, as well as the post graduate course, the diversity of which I find very exciting.

Before working at Hallam University I was a primary school teacher. A significant part of my job was to lead the development of Literacy. It was my job to develop this subject and encourage creativity and to build confidence in teachers as to the style and requirements of each genre being taught. I developed this role through my work on my master’s degree, and relevant courses through the National College. This school-based project meant that I led a series of staff meetings over the next two years to enthuse the staff and offer advice and strategies which could guide both the children and teachers alike through the necessary elements of each genre. This proved to be very successful and the confidence, skills and grades of the children across the school increased.

Primary education in all areas, particularly in English. My particular interest is in reading and writing practices in KS2.
During our past OFSTED inspection in Hallam University (2013), I was observed as a representative of the training experiences carried out with our students, and this was commented on as being ‘outstanding’. In our previous inspection I worked alongside the English team to share our work in both university, school and our team research.

Senior Lecturer

PBA(Hons) in Teaching and Learning with QTS course leader

Teaching

Department of Teacher Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Primary English

BATL and BA

On the BATL course, I am a tutor on the Year 1 module, Introducing the Core Curriculum, and the year 2 modules, Exploring Professional Development and Enhancing Learning Through Talk. On the 3-year BA course, I am a tutor on the BA1 Introducing the Core Subject module, focusing on English, and the Professional learning modules in year 2 and 3 of the 3-year BA course.

Research

Whenever possible, I use my own time, around my part-time work, to work with a local Primary School to focus on reading-related activities. My interest in research is currently developing as part of my weekly work in a local primary school focusing on the reading practices of primary children, particularly the more able and confident readers. For some time, this has involved me volunteering in school, focusing on children's reading skills in relation to their developing 'comprehension' skills and the way in which this links with their potential story-telling abilities. This is research I aim to develop as part of a small scale research, but is something I aim to develop on a larger scale in the future.  During my time I have carried out a number of small-scale studies around my focus on reading, mostly recently focus on children's re-tellings.

In June 2011 I was fortunate enough to be involved in a group presentation at the Annual UKLA conference, where we shared some of our research findings thus far with a range of teachers and academics with an interest in Literacy as part of the English team's study into students' literate identities. I hope to continue with this line of study in the future, and with other research projects. As part of the SHU English team, we have previously worked with a small group of experienced staff from partnership schools focusing on the subject grammar teaching. Through this study we were investigating the current approaches to teaching grammar alongside our own values and ambitions in teaching English effectively across the Primary setting. This project included presentations being given at the UKLA Bristol conference in 2016 and the SHU Primary and Early Years Conference in 2017.

In 2017, I worked with a SHU P.E. colleague and the director of a sports company to devise Literacy activities which encouraged movement and interaction. The 'iMoves' team worked with us to produce support resources and video guidance of the activities I had devised which are now published on their website. Reviews of this by teachers have proven them to be very successful and increasing in popularity.
In June 2011 I was fortunate enough to be involved in a group presentation at the Annual UKLA conference, where we shared some of our research findings thus far with a range of teachers and academics with an interest in Literacy as part of the English team's study into students' literate identities. I hope to continue with this line of study in the future, and with other research projects.

A paper has previously been published as part of the English team’s research on the factors affecting student teachers’ literate identity. "Investigating student teachers’ presentations of literacy and literacy pedagogy in a complex context" (Burnett, C., Daniels, K, Gray, L. Myers, J. and Sharpe, S. 2015)

Publications

Journal articles

Burnett, C., Daniels, K., Gray, L., Myers, J., & Sharpe, S. (2015). Investigating student teachers’ presentations of literacy and literacy pedagogy in a complex context. Teacher Development, 19 (3), 275-293. http://doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2015.1020393

Other activities

Professional Activities

Part of the Language and Literacy research and reading group, work regularly in school to teach and support teachers, predominantly with Literacy-based activities.

For two years I worked with the UKLA executive committee as deputy treasurer which is allowing me to become considerably more involved in the organisation and in networking with key contacts in the teaching of English in schools and universities.

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