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Suzanne Horton

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: English & Subject Leader for Primary English

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 5272

Suzanne joined the Institute of Education in 2012 as a senior lecturer and subject lead for Primary English. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate English modules and the undergraduate Professional Studies Programme and is currently Interim Course Leader for the BA (hons) Primary Initial Teacher Education (with QTS).

Her desire to work in initial teacher education has always been driven by her enthusiasm for developing the teaching and learning of the next generation of outstanding teachers and she is particularly passionate about the teaching of English in primary school. She spent 20 years working in primary schools and has had experience teaching all year groups ranging from Nursery to Year 6. During her career in primary education, she has been part of a number of management teams in various roles and has spent the majority of her career as both an English subject leader and Ethnic Minority Achievement co-ordinator across the primary age phase. Her work in these areas led to a part-time secondment to the Local Authority (Dudley) as a Literacy Consultant whilst maintaining her teaching position within school. During this time, she was successful in gaining Advanced Skills Teacher Status and has supported many schools and leadership teams in this capacity.


2013 M A (Education) – University Of Worcester 

2013 Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education – University of Worcester 

1995 Certificate in Education: History – University Of Central England

1992 B Ed (hons) First Class – University of Central England


Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Primary and Early Years English
The teaching of early reading using systematic synthetic phonics
Professional Studies
Teaching of pupils with English as an Additional Language

Research Interests:

Children’s’ reading habits
Student confidence in teaching pupils with English as an Additional Language
Systematic synthetic phonics

I am currently involved in The Lifelong Readers Project (LiRe) which is a two year study examining pupils’ attitudes to reading led by The International Research Centre, CARDET, in cooperation with partners from six European countries; UK, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Austria and Poland. The main aims of the research are, to place reading for pleasure at the heart of policy and practice; provide training for stakeholders in promoting reading for pleasure; to implement reading promotion programmes in all participating countries and to make recommendations based on the findings. LiRe aims to provide school librarians, teachers, and administrators with guidance and tools for encouraging children of ages 6-12 to develop lifelong reading habits. The project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

National Association for the Advisors of English (NAAE)

AST Network

United Kingdom Literary Association (UKLA)



Horton, S. (2017) Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary Matters. Summer 2017. NATE

Horton, S. (2016) Grammar in Context  in Primary Matters. Autumn 2016. NATE

Horton, S., Sullivan, P. & Robertson, C. (2013). Lifelong Readers: A European reading promotion framework for primary school librarians, educators and administrators (LiRe). A report based on findings from England and Ireland. Cyprus: CARDET

Horton, S. (2013). Lifelong Readers Project. Institute of Education Research Digest, Issue 2

Contributor: Bond, B., Johnson, J., Patmore, M., Weiss, N., Barker, G. (2012) Passing the Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers and Getting into ITT. London, Sage


Horton, S., Beattie, L. and Bingle, B. (2015) Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary School. London, Sage/learning Matters 

Horton, S. and Bingle, B (2014) Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary School. London, Sage/Learning Matters

Conference Presentations

Horton, & S. Bubb, K. with Judge, P. & Lunn, B. (2017). Student Engagement through Cross Year Collaboration: Our Journey. RAISE 2017 national conference 6-8th September 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University

Horton, S. & Beattie, L. (2016).  Developing Pupils’ Inference Skills through Effective Talk. National Association of Teachers of English (NATE), Primary Matters Conference November 25th, NATE

Horton, S. (2015). From Research to Practice: Primary and Secondary English Conference (Keynote). Cornwall Learning November 19th 2015, Cornwall

Horton, S. (2015). Beyond PIRLs and PISA: a presentation of findings and recommendations from the international Lifelong Readers Project exploring effective pedagogical practice in developing lifelong reading habits. United Kingdom Literacy Association, 51st Conference July 10 -12th, NCTL

Horton, S. (2015). Tales from the Lifelong Readers Project: different perspectives. National Association of Advisors in English annual conference 20 – 22nd March, Birmingham

Horton, S. (2014) Respecting diversity in professional practice: an educational perspective. Inter Disciplinary Learning (IDL) Conference 29th January 2014, University of Worcester

Horton, S. & Jordan, A. (2013) 21st Century Literacies, Reading Creating and Collaborating in Authentic Contexts ‘Addressing boys needs and enhancing parent involvement’ (workshop). Lifelong Readers (LiRE project, CARDET). Innovative Learning Environments 6th Conference October 13th 2013:, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Bingle, B. & Horton, S. (2013) /B/lend Me Your Ears: debating the place of successive oral blending as the prime approach of the Prime Approach. United Kingdom Literacy Association, 49th Conference July 5-7th, Liverpool Hope University

Horton, S. (2013) Respecting diversity in professional practice: an educational perspective. IDL conference 25th January 2013, University of Worcester

Staff Development Presentations:

Horton, S (2012) ‘Trainees’ Confidence in Teaching Pupils with EAL’. University of Worcester. 19th June 2012

Horton, S. (2013) ‘Research Findings from an investigation of trainees’ confidence in teaching pupils with EAL: One year on’. University of Worcester. 9th July 2013

Horton, S (2013) ‘Lifelong Readers Project: A European Union funded research project’. University of Worcester. 4th July 2013

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

2017 – External Examiner at Oxford Brookes University        

2015 – to date: Year two co-ordinator for BA (hons) PITE

2015 - Peer Reviewer: Educational Research, NFER

2014 – to date: University of Worcester committee member – University Library Service Strategic Reference Group

2014 - External panel member for validation of the PG Certificate in Primary English

2014 – School Governor (Curriculum)

2012 – to date: Subject Leader for Primary English within the Institute of Education