My initial professional experience of education was as a Maths teacher in secondary schools. My subsequent training and career as an Educational Psychologist underlined my ignorance of primary education and generated interests in how children learn to read and the beliefs and attributions of teachers. Along the way I have been fortunate to have gained some experience of how to facilitate learning and of the responsibilities of managers.
These themes underpin much of my current professional and academic interests. The primary aim remains, however, to try and help improve children's experiences of the world.
With a first degree in Pure Maths and Chemistry I taught mathematics in secondary schools in Hertfordshire and Derbyshire for 13 years. I studied Counselling and Human Relations before retraining as an Educational Psychologist.
Since then I have worked as an Educational Psychologist in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and for ten years as a Senior Educational Psychologist in North Yorkshire.
Reader in Educational Psychology, Programme Director for the Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology (DAppEdPsy) and Head of the Education Section.
I am currently an external examiner for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology (University of Dundee), the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (University of Manchester) and the Doctorate in Child Community and Educational Psychology at the Tavistock Centre (University of Essex).
I am also General Editor of Educational and Child Psychology published by the British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology and an Associate Member of the Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC) at the University of York.
MEd (Human Relations),
MA (Child Psychology, Educational)
PhD (Phonological Awareness: Influences and Associates in the Context of the Development of Word Reading in Young Children; University of Nottingham, 1997)
2008 -2011: External Examiner for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology (University of Southampton)
2006 -2008: External Examiner for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology (University of Nottingham)
2003 -2006: External Examiner for the MSc in Educational Psychology (University of Nottingham)
I have also examined doctoral theses at the Universities of Bangor, Bristol, Essex (Tavistock Institute, London), Exeter and Sheffield.
From 1997 to 2007 I was a Senior Educational Psychologist in North Yorkshire with management responsibility for a team of 10 psychologists.
Registered Educational Psychologist with the HCPC;
BPS (Chartered Educational Psychologist, Associate Fellow);
Member of the Association of Educational Psychologists;
Mountains and horses (separately).
The development of phonological awareness and word reading.
Teachers' perceptions of their efficacy.
Systemic Consultation; Management; Supervision.
Beliefs and definitions in practice about reading difficulty (aka Dyslexia);
The role of teachers' attributions and beliefs in influencing inclusion and responses to children's behaviour.
Several DAppEdPsy and DEdPsy students.
General Editor of Educational and Child Psychology
Associate Member: The Psychology in Education Research Centre, University of York.