I qualified as a teacher in 2004 and have taught across the primary age range in mainstream schools and special schools. I qualified as a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) in 2012 and worked as a primary school SENCO and Inclusion manager before taking up a position as a special educational needs consultant. This role developed into leading the school improvement and governor services provision across Staffordshire. After 5 years in a consultancy role, I joined Staffordshire university as a senior lecturer and lead the inclusion and special educational needs input across the primary ITT programmes.
I have a further interest in the use of technology in education and achieve Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert status in 2021 and continue to use this expertise to support both staff and students.
Professional memberships and activities
Member of the British Psychological Society
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Philosophy (joint honours) Staffordshire University 2001
PGCE Primary Manchester Metropolitan University 2004
National Award for SEN Coordination University of Wolverhampton 2012
Masters Degree Special and Inclusive Education University of Nottingham 2020
All aspects of primary teaching with specific expertise in the areas of special educational needs, inclusion and school governance.
My research interests are inclusion, widening participation and the impact of socioeconomic status on professional identity.
I am the lead for inclusion and special educational needs across the primary ITT courses and also deliver the religious education input.