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Marie Helks BEd (Hons), MEd

Principal Lecturer - Head of Primary Postgraduate


Head of Area for Primary Postgraduate provision; Staff group lead; School Direct PGCE Course Leader; Primary English tutor; PGCE Academic Tutor and University Link tutor


After teaching in Primary schools in Wakefield and Leeds, I moved to the University of Huddersfield and then York St John University to work on and develop a range of postgraduate and undergraduate ITE programmes. I joined the Primary and Early Years team at SHU in 2012 and became the School Direct PGCE Course Leader in September 2013. Since September 2015 I have been the Head of Area for the Primary Postgraduate provision.


Department of Teacher Education

Social Sciences and Arts

My subject specialist area is English and I have led on this subject both in schools and Universities. I am interested in all areas of the English curriculum, but particularly the teaching of grammar and the teaching of writing.


I am currently undertaking doctoral study into the teaching and learning of grammatical metalanguage in the Primary curriculum.   


Other activities

I am a member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) and the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE).

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