Fiona Hall

Senior Lecturer

School of Life Sciences and Education

I originally completed primary teacher training and worked across the primary age ranges in schools in Birmingham and Oldham. As time progressed I moved into middle management and had responsibility for support staff in school as well as curricular responsibility for mathematics. After working in primary for a number of years I moved to the FE sector where I taught on level two and three programmes as well as becoming involved in the higher education provision at the college by teaching on part time Education and Early Childhood Studies degree courses. I have also worked as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) trainer and assessor.

I joined the team at Staffordshire University in January 2015 and teach modules on the education award. I am currently also studying myself towards a doctorate and my area of interest is the work of Teaching Assistants (TA) in primary schools.

I am also a HLTA assessor for HTLA North.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

BEd in Mathematics - The University of Birmingham

MEd in Educational Psychology - The University of Manchester


History of education

Inclusion/Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Behaviour for learning


Support staff in schools

Research interests

Teaching Assistant role and deployment in schools


  • Research methods and Independent Research Project


Hall, F. and Pountney, M. (2020) ‘Working with teaching assistants and other adults in the classroom to support subject teaching’. In Capel, S., Lawrence, J., Leask, M. and Younie, S. (2020) Surviving and Thriving in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.

Hindmarch, D., Hall, F., Machin, L. and Murray, S. (2017) A concise Guide to Education Studies. Northwich: Critical Publishing

Machin, L., Hindmarch, D., Murray, S., Richardson, T. and Hall, F. (2016) A concise guide to the level 3 Award in Education and Training. Northwich: Critical Publishing.

Hall, F., Hindmarch, D., Hoy, D. and Machin, L. (2015) Supporting Primary Teaching and Learning. Northwich: Critical Publishing.

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020