Thomas Weaver


Senior Lecturer in Children & Families

Children and Families

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542060

Tom works as a Senior Lecturer across two Departments in the University of Worcester,  the Department for Children and Families and the Department for Primary Initial Teacher Education. Within these Departments he teaches across five courses, BA Early Childhood (Professional Practice), BA Integrated Working with Children and Families, FdA Collaborative Working with Children, Young People and Families, BA Primary Initial Teacher Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Tom’s research interests include transpersonal psychology and transpersonal education and how these relate to work with children and families in different contexts; student engagement and student voice and the balance between support and challenge in a Higher Education context; and the teaching of mathematics, particularly approaches that reduce potential anxiety.

In a wider context, Tom is the School of Education Student Survey co-ordinator with responsibility to supporting students and staff in engaging with the surveys and making use of the outcomes. He also Chairs the Department for Children and Families Steering Group which explores ways for the University to engage with the Children and Families sector.


  • MA Education
  • Fellow HEA
  • PGCE (Primary)
  • BA (Hons) European Philosophy and Literature & English Literature

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Tom takes a research-informed approach to all aspects of teaching, both from his own work and that of other pedagogical theorists. Through this he explores both the simplicities and complexities of working in the Social Sciences with students, supporting those aiming for Qualified Teacher Status to increase their skills sets and critically reflecting with all students about their engagement with the Course and interactions with children and families more widely. Tom’s Masters dissertation was on the student perception of teacher enthusiasm in Higher Education and he sees it as a core aspect of his practice to raise awareness of the factors that influence intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Research Interests

Tom’s recent research papers have addressed three main interests. In the first he used an integrated hermeneutical approach to analyse the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum document for affinities with transpersonal education in order to support advanced practitioners’ interpretative pedagogy. In the second, he discussed the links between transpersonal education and mathematics mastery in the Early Years. And in the third, he analysed student survey responses to determine if there is a relationship between end of module evaluations and the Course Experience Survey and National Student Survey. Tom is an active member of the Social Psychology of Education Research Group and is currently working on a joint project around the self-identify of Early Career Teachers.

Professional Bodies

Tom is committed to the highest quality of Higher Education teaching. In recognition of this he was awarded Fellowship status in the Higher Education Academy in 2017.

Tom is also an online member of the British Psychological Society and the Transpersonal Psychology Section. .


Tom is currently having a paper being reviewed for a journal and is writing a book chapter due for completion in summer 2019. 

In June 2018 he led a workshop at the Centre for Children and Families Partnership Research Conference around mathematics anxiety.

In 2017 Tom was part of a team of three who delivered a ‘Mathematics Masterclass’ to the Nursery World North conference in Liverpool. In 2016 he led a workshop for the National Association of Mathematics Advisors (NAMA) exploring mathematics anxiety and how to break the cycle of poor mathematics teaching in schools.

External Roles