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 Sheffield Hallam, 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.
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 the last four years, this has involved me working in school for half a day per week, 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. 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.
During our most recent mock 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.