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Dr Richard Woolley

Deputy Head of Institute (Research)

Institute of Education

Contact Details

email: r.woolley@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 54 2267

Richard Woolley is Deputy Head (Research) in the Institute of Education. He has been at the University of Worcester since September 2011, having worked previously at what is now Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. His career started in primary education, in north Yorkshire, before moving to work in further and higher education in Derbyshire and then returning to primary school teaching in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. He has served as a deputy head teacher and special educational needs coordinator, as well as being curriculum coordinator for several subjects across the primary phase of education. He was Head of Centre for Education and Inclusion at the University of Worcester from 2011 to 2017.

Richard’s professional and research interests centre on the areas of inclusion, diversity and equality, including the personal and social development of children, values and issues in primary education, religious education and special educational needs provision. He is the author of Tackling Controversial Issues in the Primary School and co-author of Relationships and Sex Education 5 – 11, The Spiritual Dimension of ChildhoodValues and Vision in Primary Education, Understanding Inclusion and in the area of early years provision Personal Social and Emotional Development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World. He has also written chapters for several other books as well as presenting conference papers and publishing articles.

Qualifications

PhD (Sheffield)
MA (Leeds)
NPQH
PGCE (Ripon & York St John/Leeds)
BA (Ripon & York St John/Leeds)
ALCM

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Diversity, equality and inclusion issues in education
Approaches to difficult and controversial issues in primary education
Citizenship and PSHE in primary education
Relationships and sex education (primary)
Religious education and children’s spirituality
The pedagogy of Holocaust education in the primary years
Education Studies
Widening participation, first generation and non-traditional students in higher education

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
Teaching Fellow, Imperial War Museum London
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Member of the National Society for Special Educational Needs (NASEN)
Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA)
Member of the Urban Theology Unit
Vice president (emeritus) Cliff College Fellowship

Publications

Publications

Single-authored books

Woolley, R. (2007) The Ethical Foundations of Socialism: the influence of William Temple and R.H. Tawney on New Labour.  Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press.
Woolley, R. (2010) Tackling Controversial Issues in the Primary School: facing life’s challenges with your learners.  London: Routledge.

Co-authored books and projects

Adams, K., Hyde, B. & Woolley, R. (2008) The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood.  London: Jessica Kingsley.
Morris, J. & Woolley, R. (2008) Family Diversities Reading Resource.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College. www.bishopg.ac.uk/fdrr
Woolley, R. & Hanson, F. (2008) Personal Histories: a celebration of childhood memories.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College. www.bishopg.ac.uk/personalhistories
Woolley, R. & Morris, J. (2009) ‘Disability’ Reading Resource.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College. www.bishopg.ac.uk/drr   Broadhead, P., Johnston, J., Tobbell, C. & Woolley, R. (2010) Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  London: Continuum.
Cooper, L., Johnston, J., Rotchell, E. & Woolley, R. (2010) Knowledge and Understanding of the World.  London: Continuum.
Morris, J. & Woolley, R. (2011) Transitions Reading Resource.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College.  www.bishopg.ac.uk/trr
Mason, S. & Woolley, R. (2011) Relationships and Sex Education 5 – 11.  London: Continuum.
Taylor, K. & Woolley, R. (eds) (2013) Values and Vision in Primary Education.  Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Book chapters
Woolley, R. (1999) `Evangelicalism, post-evangelicalism and the future of British Methodism´ in J. Craske and C. Marsh (eds) Methodism and the Future: Facing the Challenge. London: Cassell.
Woolley, R. (2007) `Making Men: violence and masculinities in the UK and South Africa´ in C. Harber and J. Serf (eds) Comparative Education and Quality Global Learning. Birmingham: TIDE.
Woolley, R. & Johnston, J. (2007) `Target Setting´ in J. Johnston, J. Holocha and M. Chater (eds) Developing Teaching Skills in the Primary School. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Woolley, R. (2008) `Development, well-being and attainment´ in M. Cole (ed.) Professional Attributes and Practice: meeting the QTS standards. London: Routledge.
Woolley, R. (2008) `Communicating Effectively´ in M. Cole (ed.) Professional Attributes and Practice: meeting the QTS standards.  London: Routledge.
Claire, H. & Woolley, R. (2009) ‘What has Creativity got to do with Citizenship Education?’  In A. Wilson (ed) Creativity in Primary Education (2nd edition).  Exeter: Learning Matters.
Woolley, R. & Mason, S. (2009) ‘Sex and Relationships Education’ in J. Sharp, S. Ward & L. Hankin (eds) Education Studies: an issues-based approach (2nd edition).  Exeter: Learning Matters.
Woolley, R. (2010) ‘Dispositions and Attitudes’ in Broadhead, P., Johnston, J., Tobbell, C. & Woolley, R. (2010) Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  London: Continuum.
Woolley, R. (2010) ‘Self-confidence and Self-esteem’ in Broadhead, P., Johnston, J., Tobbell, C. &   Woolley, R. (2010) Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  London: Continuum.
Woolley, R. (2010) ‘Sense of Community’ in Broadhead, P., Johnston, J., Tobbell, C. & Woolley, R. (2010) Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  London: Continuum.
Woolley, R. (2010) ‘Communities’ in Cooper, L., Johnston, J., Rotchell, E. & Woolley, R. (2010) Knowledge and Understanding of the World.  London: Continuum.

Journal articles and conference papers
Woolley, R. (2005) ‘The Roots of New Labour: exploring the importance of education in the legacy of Tawney and Temple’. Paper presented at the Institute for British Liberation Theology, Sheffield, July.
Woolley, R. (2006) ‘Developing a Module Beyond the Curriculum Boundaries with Oxfam GB.’ Presented at the NaPTEC/GTC(E) Workshop: The Global Agenda: Where do we go from here? March.
Woolley, R. (2006) ‘Education for Global Citizenship: Developing Student Teachers’ Perceptions and Practice’.  Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Children’s Spirituality, University of Winchester, July.
Woolley, R (2006) ‘Masculinity, Violence and Identity: Taboos in Education’. Paper presented at the BESA Conference, Lincoln, July.   Woolley, R. (2007) `Tawney and Temple’s Legacy to New Labour: values for a moral society´.  Political Theology.  8 (2).
Woolley, R. (2007) ‘Values Education’.  Paper presented at the NAPE Conference, Lincoln, March.
Woolley, R. (2008) `Spirituality and Education for Global Citizenship: developing student teachers’ perceptions and practice´.  International Journal of Children’s Spirituality.  13 (2), 145-156.
Woolley, R. (2009) ‘Controversial issues: identifying the concerns and priorities of student teachers.’ Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, Manchester, September.
Woolley, R. (2009) ‘Developing Community Cohesion Through Partnership with Primary Schools.’ Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Vienna, September.
Woolley, R. (2010) ‘Preparing to Tackling Controversial Issues in Primary Education: a critical analysis of the concerns and priorities of student teachers.’  Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Helsinki, August.
Woolley, R. (2011) ‘Controversial Issues: identifying the concerns and priorities of student teachers.’ Policy Futures in Education, 9 (2), 280-291.

Funded projects, consultancy and income generation
Widening Access and Participation in Higher Education. UCET Travel Scholarship to the University of Edinboro, Pennsylvania and Purdue University, Indiana and subsequent associated research at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln into first generation and non-traditional student experiences.  Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), £1,500, 2005.
Education for Global Citizenship (E4GC): implications for initial teacher education and early careers (with Oxfam GB).  Bishop Grosseteste University College, £5,000, 2005 – 2007.
Exploring the Experience of Migrant Workers in South Lincolnshire.  Project to develop resources for use by schools with children and parents/carers in the Boston area (with Boston Borough Council and South Lincolnshire CVS).  Resource development, evaluation and analysis.  Boston Borough Council, £2,000 and Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln (match funding), 2007- 2009.
Research into Holocaust Education in Primary schools, as part of a Teaching Fellowship at the Imperial War Museum, London.  Funded by the IWM, 2008 – 2009.
Project to develop teaching and placements in the areas of SEN and disability.  TDA funding £22,000, 2008 – 2010.   
Centre for Inclusive Learning Support and Centre for Education and Inclusion, University of Worcester. UW project lead: Guidelines for Teachers Working with Students with Medium-light Cognitive Impairment (the GUIDE project). Co-financed by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius Multilateral projects action (526283-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-COMENIUS-CMP). €399,000 (UW budget €108,000).

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External examiner University of Leeds (2016 – present)
External examiner Sheffield Hallam University (2016 – present)
Director GR8 AS UR
External Examiner, University of Derby (2010 – 2014)
External Examiner, University of Worcester (2004 – 2009)
Editorial Board, Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies
UCET, Continuing Professional Development Committee
Founding member of the Centre for Education for Social Justice, Lincoln
Teaching Fellow, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln (2004 – 2010)