I completed my PGCE at Wolverhampton University in 1997, specialising in Primary Science, and have a BA (Honours) Degree in History and English Literature from Lancaster University. I completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2006, and before joining the UEA I spent eight years as Head teacher in two schools. I am a HEA Fellow and hold a Masters in Higher Education Practice from the University of East Anglia (2021).
As a teacher and school leader I have worked in a range of schools within three local authorities teaching Reception to Year 6, and leading Assessment, Science, Maths, PSHE, Art and DT. In 2004 I completed my Middle Management in Schools Certificate in Advanced Studies in Science Leadership.
I have a particular interest in the Creative Arts. We achieved Artsmark in my last headship and I developed links with the Norfolk and Norwich festival, regularly contributing to Open Studios. As part of our British Council International Award, I developed an existing link with a kindergarten in Japan. I visited the kindergarten in 2013, together with a range of educational settings in the same area, and carried out joint research into curriculum development and creative teaching in England and Japan.
I am an experienced SEND Coordinator with a particular interest in Autism, my recent research has focused on the experiences of autistic students and lecturers.
In addition to my Primary PGCE work as Professional Development Tutor, Teaching Practice Supervisor and Primary Science Lecture, I lead the Children and SEND module on the BA Education at UEA, and held the post of BA Education Course Director from 2019-2021.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Master of Arts, University of East Anglia
1 Jan 2016 → 3 Dec 2021
Award Date: 3 Dec 2021
Bachelor of Arts, Lancaster University
1 Sep 1990 → 1 Jul 1993
Award Date: 1 Jul 1993