I came to the University of Sussex from a 16-year teaching career specialising in English, in secondary, tertiary and higher education, latterly as Head of undergraduate, A Level and GCSE provision at Harlow College. I have considerable prior experience of teaching English language and literature across the full range of courses.
At Sussex, I led and greatly expanded the PGCE in English and developed a new, interdisciplinary BA in English Education Studies, enabling teaching assistants from non-traditional academic backgrounds to gain a degree and become English teachers – a widening participation initiative.
In 2012, I set up the annual Teacher Researcher conference, in which MAE finalists, members of Faculty and teachers/school leaders explore research findings and work through Sussex networks to ensure that these are embedded in schools, achieving impact. I currently run very successful reading groups for secondary teachers.
My research is on English and literacy, specifically, reading, dialogic classroom discourses & teacher development.