Dr Richard Woolley

dr-richard-woolley

Deputy Head of School

Senior Leadership Team

Contact Details

email: r.woolley@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 54 2267

Richard Woolley is Deputy Head of the School 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 Childhood,Values 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

  • 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 childrens 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

  • National Teaching Fellow
  • 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 British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • Member of the Urban Theology Unit
  • Vice president (emeritus) Cliff College Fellowship
  • Member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA)

Publications

Single-authored books

Woolley, R. (2010) Tackling Controversial Issues in the Primary School: facing life’s challenges with your learners.  London: Routledge.

Woolley, R. (2007) The Ethical Foundations of Socialism: the influence of William Temple and R.H. Tawney on New Labour.  Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press.


Co-authored books and projects

Mason, S. & Woolley, R. (2019) Relationships and Sex Education 3 – 11 (second edition).  London: Bloomsbury.

Woolley, R. (ed) (2018) Understanding Inclusion: core concepts, policy and practice. London: Routledge.    

Morris, J. & Woolley, R. (2017) Family Diversities Reading Resource (2nd edition). Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University. Available at: http://libguides.bishopg.ac.uk/childrensliterature   

Taylor, K. & Woolley, R. (eds) (2013) Values and Vision in Primary Education.  Maidenhead: Open University Press.    

Mason, S. & Woolley, R. (2011) Relationships and Sex Education 5 – 11.  London: Continuum.

Morris, J. & Woolley, R. (2011) Transitions Reading Resource.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College.  

Cooper, L., Johnston, J., Rotchell, E. & Woolley, R. (2010) Knowledge and Understanding of the World.  London: Continuum.

Broadhead, P., Johnston, J., Tobbell, C. & Woolley, R. (2010) Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  London: Continuum.

Woolley, R. & Morris, J. (2009) ‘Disability’ Reading Resource.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College. =

Woolley, R. & Hanson, F. (2008) Personal Histories: a celebration of childhood memories.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College

Morris, J. & Woolley, R. (2008) Family Diversities Reading Resource.  Lincoln: Bishop Grosseteste University College. 

Adams, K., Hyde, B. & Woolley, R. (2008) The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood.  London: Jessica Kingsley.

Book chapters

Woolley, R &  Mason, S. (in press) 'Relationships and Sex Education' in M.Green (ed) Insights into Excellence in the primary classroom.  London:Routledge

King-Hill, S. & Woolley, R. (2018) ‘Sexual behaviours and development’ in R. Woolley (ed) Understanding Inclusion: core concepts, policy and practice. London: Routledge.

Cubillo, L. & Woolley, R. (2018) ‘Leadership and Inclusion’ R. Woolley (ed) Understanding Inclusion: core concepts, policy and practice. London: Routledge. 

Woolley, R. (2010) ‘Communities’ in Cooper, L., Johnston, J., Rotchell, E. & Woolley, R. (2010) Knowledge and Understanding of the World.  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) ‘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) ‘Dispositions and Attitudes’ in Broadhead, P., Johnston, J., Tobbell, C. & Woolley, R. (2010) Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  London: Continuum.

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.

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. (2008) `Communicating Effectively´ in M. Cole (ed.) Professional Attributes and Practice: meeting the QTS standards.  London: Routledge.

Woolley, R. (2008) `Development, well-being and attainment´ in M. Cole (ed.) Professional Attributes and Practice: meeting the QTS standards.London: Routledge.

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. (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. (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.


Journal articles and conference papers

Woolley, R. (2018) Towards an inclusive understanding of bullying: identifying conceptions and practice in the primary school workforce. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association, 27th – 29th June, Bolton.

Woolley, R. (2018) `Towards an inclusive understanding of bullying: identifying conceptions and practice in the primary school workforce´. Educational Review. DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2018.1471666.     

Woolley, R. (2011) ‘Controversial Issues: identifying the concerns and priorities of student teachers.’ Policy Futures in Education, 9 (2), 280-291.       

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. (2009) ‘Developing Community Cohesion Through Partnership with Primary Schools.’ Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Vienna, September.

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. (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. (2007) ‘Values Education’.  Paper presented at the NAPE Conference, Lincoln, March.

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. (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) ‘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. (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.

 

Other Articles

Woolley, R. (2017) Picture this: developing relatedness and relationships. Primary Geography.  Autumn pp. 30-31.

Funded projects, consultancy and income generation

Project lead for Student Centred Adult Learning Engagement in Higher Education (the SCALE Project). Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Higher Education Strategic Partnership project, code: 2018-1-UK01-KA203-048055. October 2018 – July 2021, €241,580.

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).    


Project to develop teaching and placements in the areas of SEN and disability.  TDA funding £22,000, 2008 - 2010.   


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.


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.

Education for Global Citizenship (E4GC): implications for initial teacher education and early careers (with Oxfam GB).  Bishop Grosseteste University College, £5,000, 2005 – 2007.

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.

 

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
Founding member of the Centre for Education for Social Justice, Lincoln
Teaching Fellow, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln (2004 - 2010)