I have worked in a variety of Primary Schools for 18 years, teaching in all year groups and having various roles. These include Subject coordinator, Year Group Team Leader, Deputy Head teacher and Acting Head teacher. I completed my Masters in Educational Improvement and Effectiveness whilst teaching full-time and gained the NPQH when in the role of Acting Head teacher. I am a Primary Partnership Coordinator, coordinating placements and supporting schools with training our students. I am currently teaching on teaching studies units on the Primary Education degree at the Crewe Campus.
I am currently studying for a PhD part time. My research interests are in the status and positioning of men and women in primary teaching. More specifically, my current work examines the identity development and enactment of early career primary school teachers and primary ITT students who are male. I have presented papers at The British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (2015, 2016), The International Society of Cultural-historical Activity Research Conference (2016) and The International Symposium on Gender Studies (2017).
R. Dann, J. Scanlon, J. Basford, C. Booth, R. O'Sullivan, et al. (2018). The Impact of Doctoral Study on University Lecturers’ Construction of Self within a changing Higher Education policy context. Studies in Higher Education. 44(7), pp.1166-1182.
R. Dann, JM. Basford, J. Scanlon, C. Woodfine, C. Booth, et al. (2016). Developing ‘facilitated collaborative auto-ethnography’ to build research culture, confidence and capability within Higher Education. BERA Conference, Leeds,
CS. Woodfine Going into battle: Becoming a male primary school teacher. Belfast, 15/9/2015.