Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Education: English
Institute of Education
tel: 01905 855039
I have been training English teachers here at Worcester for about fifteen years, and before that I was a Head of English in a high school. If my head is full of anything, it’s English lessons and what makes them work. Ofsted described my school teaching as “uncommon and exemplary.” My students here at Worcester consistently rate their training as ”inspirational.” I believe that excellent teacher training combines practice with principles. I learned my teaching theory in the classroom.
Currently undertaking PhD by Portfolio
BA (Hons) English
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
My current research is into the teaching of poetry and my students can become involved in this is they wish. It will culminate in a book about poetry teaching.
I train secondary English teachers. My approach is collaborative and experiential. I am interested in many features of teaching, and try to model good practice in my own work. By this I mean that I run training sessions which model the variety and creativity that good school teachers need in their own classrooms.
I run the What is Inspirational Teaching? programme for University staff. I believe that people can learn to be inspirational, and that it isn’t just the province of a few charismatic individuals.
- Professional Bodies
How to be a Brilliant English Teacher (Routledge, 2005)
How to be a Brilliant Trainee Teacher (Routledge, 2007)
How to be a Brilliant Teacher (Routledge, 2008)
How to be a Brilliant Mentor (Routledge, 2010)
Short stories: BBC Radio 4, various national magazines
How to be a Brilliant English Teacher (now in its second edition) is one of the best-selling books on English teaching in the UK. It currently has eleven five-star reviews on Amazon from students, teachers and academics. It has been praised by the National Association for Teachers of English and by the United Kingdom Literacy Association. It is a course book on many teacher-training courses
How to be a Brilliant Mentor examines the relationships of trainee teachers with their school mentors.
I have recently completed a guide to mentoring to be published by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
What to do if you don't get on with your mentor (2010)
What do do if you don't get on with your trainee (2010)
Inspirational teaching (2010)
Transitions and task-setting (2010)
I have appeared on BBC Radio discussing inspirational teaching. I have made four programmes for Teachers’ TV – on lesson shape, inspirational teaching and mentor/mentee relationships in teacher training.Novels
The Shifting Pier, Hamish Hamilton, 1990
Going Under, Gollancz, 1994
- External Responsibilities
Series Editior, Routledges
External and Chief External examiner at various universities and teach-training providers (such as University of Swansea, University of Edgehill, University of the West of England)