Nicola Sperrin

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Academic qualifications

BA (Hons), MEd (Applied Linguistics)


0121 604 1000


I originally studied Childhood and Education and then went on to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. I taught for many years in Primary schools and a Special School for children with moderate learning difficulties; in these, I held various positions throughout my teaching career, including roles at Senior Management level. I studied my Masters degree in Education with a specialism in Applied Linguistics; as well as educational enquiry, this included investigating language in action, and examining language, literacy and learning in the contemporary world. I joined University College Birmingham in January, 2012. I specialise in Initial Teacher Training, lecturing to PGCE students and supporting them out on teaching practice. My focus subject is English, though I also lecture on the teaching of non-core subjects. Additionally, I lecture to Undergraduates, with an emphasis on development of Communication, Language and Literacy skills. My role also includes that of module lead, and Year Manager for full-time students.


PGCE; Communication, Language and Literacy; Language and Literacy as Communicative Tools; Pioneers and Practice; Introduction to Curriculum; History of Childhood.

Research interests and scholarly activity

Applied Linguistics.

Childhood Education Studies

Department of Education

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