After qualifying as a primary school teacher I worked in a number of schools across the West Midlands in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. During this time I had experience of roles such as Science Co-ordinator, Maths Co-ordinator, Student Teacher Mentor, Newly Qualified Teacher Mentor, Key Stage Leader, member of the Senior Leadership Team as well as a School Governor. These roles provided a wealth of experience of working within primary schools and early years settings from a number of perspectives. After ten years I decided I would like to return to academic study to build upon and draw upon my experiences as a primary teacher so I began to study for a Master’s of Arts in Education with a specific focus on mathematics and science. I then applied for the post of lecturer at University College Birmingham in September 2009 teaching on undergraduate programmes concerned with childhood and education and on the PGCE as a mathematics subject lecturer and Placement Tutor. In this role I lead on a number of modules as well as being a Year Manager and Professional Development Tutor.
Young Children’s Learning, Academic Skills, Behaviour and Individual Differences, Creativity and Play, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Science in the Curriculum, Philosophy of Education, Evolving Creative Curriculum.
Research Interests and Scholarly activity
Contemporary issues in mathematics and science learning; supporting student teachers in mathematics and science teaching and learning; educational enquiry.