My background is in Primary teaching, with specialisation in History, Art, PSHE, English and the use of thinking skills approaches.
I am a member of the Primary PGCE team and a tutor on the M.ed Practitioner Enquiry M.Ed.
I am research- active and an Associate member of the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
I am the Environmental Coordinator for ECLS
-Hervormde Pedagogische Akademie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands:Akte van Bekwaamheid als Volledig Bevoegd Onderwijzeres (1984)
-Link tutors' training Ceritificate, St. Martin's College, Carlisle (2000)
-NUT Training certificate in co-tutoring and peer-coaching, (2001)
-SAPERE Level 1,2 and 3 training certificates in Philosophy for Children (2003-2005)
-the Thinking for Learning Unit- Northumberland LEA Teaching Thinking Level 3 training (2003).
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I have worked as a Primary teacher in Newcastle and Northumberland.
I am bilingual in English and Dutch.
My main research interest is in the field of dialogic and 'Thinking Skills' education, and in particular in the use of the Community of Enquiry/ Philosophy for Children.
Another interest is Creativity in Primary Education, and Curriculum Innovation.
A third interest is teacher development, both in terms of Initial Teacher Training and of Teacher Professional Development.
I am a registered SAPERE trainer in Philosophy for children (P4C).
Ph.D (in progress): Creative thinking in a Community of Enquiry
I am a member of the following research groups at Newcastle the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT)
Micro-Analysis Research Group (MARG)
Research in Primary Education (RIPE)
£3000 (2000) BPRS Scholarship
£1208 (2005) HASS Faculty small grant to carry out research in the links between thinking Skills education and SATs results in Year 2 and Year 6 in Northumberland.
All of my teaching is postgraduate.
On the Master’s level Primary PGCE course I lead the Art module, the SAPERE-accredited Philosophy for Children course, and the Curriculum Innovation module. I also contribute to the following modules: Professional Studies; Primary English; Mathematics; Science; the Reflective Practitioner, and the Primary Project.
On the M.Ed Practitioner Enquiry Module I teach the 'Innovative curriculum through pupil/student Enquiry' module with Rachel Lofthouse, and I teach a session on teaching thinking skills at Primary schools on the M.Ed ‘Developing Thinking Skills’ Module.