Dr Helen Lewis

Senior Lecturer in Education, Education

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 604144

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office - 248
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Helen’s background is in primary, initial and continuing teacher education, and she is the Programme Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has previously led postgraduate and undergraduate programmes including BA Education Studies, BA Education, MA Education and a Primary PGCE.

Helen’s main research interests lie in the principles and pedagogies relating to the development of children’s thinking skills and metacognition, and her doctoral thesis focused on young children’s thinking and the teaching of this. She is an accredited trainer for a number of thinking skills programmes and has studied at Project Zero, Harvard University.

Helen is also interested in exploring approaches to support wellbeing, effective pedagogy, teacher reflection and close-to-practice research. She is currently undertaking original research in the rapidly growing field of human-animal education and interaction.

Helen is a peer reviewer for a number of academic journals, is an experienced External Examiner (Edge Hill; University College London London Institute of Education; Southampton University) and experienced postgraduate student supervisor.

Helen is both a Team and Peer Inspector for the Welsh Inspectorate, Estyn and has been elected as Honorary Secretary of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA). She sits on a number of other committees including IPDA Cymru, the Let’s Think Forum and The Universities and Schools Council for the Education of Teachers (USCET).

Areas Of Expertise

  • Thinking Skills and Metacognition
  • Teaching and Learning (Pedagogy)
  • Reflective Practice
  • Initial and Continuing Teacher Education
  • Teacher Research and Enquiry
  • Animal-assisted Interventions

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Teaching and Learning

Curriculum and Assessment

Thinking Skills and Metacognition

Wellbeing, resilience and motivation

Animal-assisted interventions

Research methods and practitioner enquiry

Award Highlights

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow, Chartered College of Teachers

Winner, Howard Tanner Research Prize, IPDA


Helen has collaborated with the John Burns Foundation, on the  'Burns By Your Side' scheme (https://burnspet.co.uk/burns-by-your-side/). A growing evidence-base suggests animal-assisted therapy can have benefits on wellbeing, and one of her dogs has qualified as a support dog. Carlo, a 5 year-old Italian Spinone, visits the university at regular points in the year and Helen's second dog, Scarlet, a poodle-mix is currently in training too.

Helen is collaborating in an international research lab 'The teaching profession during and after the COVID-19 pandemic'. Organised by ICSEI (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement https://www.icsei.net/) the lab involves academics from around the world.