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.
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.
Harrison, A.-.M., & Helks, M. (2018). What, why and how–the policy, purpose and practice of grammatical terminology. English in Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/04250494.2018.1507503
I am a member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) and the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE).