My background is in primary, initial and continuing teacher education. I am the Programme Director for the BA Education course, and in my previous post I held responsibility for overseeing programmes including BA Education Studies, MA Education and a Primary PGCE.
My main research interests lie in the principles and pedagogies relating to the development of children’s thinking skills and metacognition, and in early years pedagogy. My doctoral thesis focused on young children’s thinking and the teaching of this. I am an accredited trainer for a number of thinking skills programmes and have studied at Project Zero, Harvard University.
I am also interested in exploring a approaches to support wellbeing, teacher reflection and close-to-practice research. I am undertaking original research in the rapidly growing field of human-animal education and interaction.
I am a peer reviewer for a number of academic journals, am an experienced External Examiner and am a Team Inspector for the Welsh Inspectorate, Estyn. I am experienced in supervising postgraduate students.