I took up my post at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2012; having been Head of Modern Foreign Languages in an inner city secondary school for several years .Prior to moving into teacher education, I also worked extensively , in a number of Sheffield primary schools, supporting colleagues in KS2 to incorporate Foreign Languages into their curriculum.
I speak French & Spanish and I use this subject knowledge to support primary trainee teachers to develop their confidence and competence in the teaching of MFLs in the primary phase. I am also a tutor on the PGCE ( secondary ) MFL course, and continue to use my experience in secondary foreign languages pedagogy to support and develop trainees working in Key Stage 3 &4.
In September 2014 , I became course for leader the PGCE Primary ( 5-11) & Early Years ( 3-7) . In this role I am committed to monitoring ,supporting and guiding trainees though the 9 months of the PGCE. I am a tutor on the PGCE Masters modules, the professional Studies module. My current dissertation ( M.Ed.) is centred on an action research project which is closely linked to my PGCE responsibilities. I am researching into the emotional dimension of primary teaching, with a view to further supporting trainees in their professional transformation into qualified teachers. Moreover ,in the process I hope to gain a deeper understanding of student teacher wellbeing, which can support future PGCE trainees.
A further dimension of my work is my role as coordinator for the international specialism placements for 2nd year undergraduate teachers. I has been a privilege to work with international partners for the last 4 years and to see the positive impact which an international placement can have on developing the skills and widening the horizons of young trainee teachers.
Developing pedagogies for primary languages
Modern Foreign language learning through Drama
Developing the intercultural /Global dimension in MFL teaching
Behaviour for Learning