I am Programme Director for Exeter School Direct initial teacher training courses and lead the Exeter Secondary English PGCE. I also supervise several doctoral students. I have been shortlisted several times for the Exeter Students’ Guild Teaching Awards: for Research-Inspired Teaching in 2015, for Best Feedback Provider in 2016, and in 2017 I was awarded Most Supportive Staff Member.
My research interests focus primarily on the teaching of writing. I am a member of the Graduate School of Education’s Centre for Research in Writing, and I have been part of a team conducting research which investigates the potential that a contextualised and rhetorical approach to teaching grammar might have for improving students’ writing ability and metalinguistic understanding. As well as informing seminars for students at Exeter, this research has also resulted in the publication of teaching resources through NATE and Pearson, an OUP grammar book, and a number of popular CPD courses and workshops for teachers. I am also interested in the relationship between traditional and digital literacy and the development of students’ writing ability in relation to digital texts and technologies. My PhD examined Teacher’s Beliefs and Practices in Grammar Teaching, and I also maintain an ongoing interest in the study of cognition and beliefs.
Prior to working at Exeter, I taught English and Media Studies in schools in Greater London and the South West.