Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Education: English
Institute of Education
tel: 01905 855039
I have trained English teachers here at Worcester for about twenty 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 at Worcester consistently rated their training as ”inspirational.” I believe that excellent teacher training combines practice with principles. I learned my teaching theory in the classroom. I am now focused on developing literacy across all secondary curriculum subjects and supporting reflective writing.
Currently undertaking PhD by Portfolio
BA (Hons) English
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
My current research is into mentoring in schools and I am writing chapters and editing books on this topic.
I support SCITT trainees in developing their subject knowledge as well as supporting literacy development on the core PGCE course.
- 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 fifteen 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, also now in its second edition, examines the relationships of trainee teachers with their school mentors.
How to be a Brilliant Trainee Teacher is also now in its second edition.
A Practical Guide to Mentoring series (Routledge). I am series editor for these new books.
Surviving and Thriving. A new book for Newly Qualified Teachers – chapter author.
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
The Shifting Pier, Hamish Hamilton, 1990
Going Under, Gollancz, 1994
- External Responsibilities
Series Editor, Routledges
External and Chief External examiner at various universities and teacher-training providers (such as University of Swansea, University of Edgehill, University of the West of England, University of Middlesex)