I have worked within the field of primary education for over 20 years largely in Manchester schools. During this time I have predominately taught in KS1 but have had experience across the full primary age range from 3-11yrs of age. For many of these years I was an active English coordinator. For the last four years in schools I trained and worked as a Reading Recovery teacher and had a role as an ECaR (Every Child a Reader) teacher. In my final year in schools I trained for a qualification in dyslexia teaching. I studied for an MA at MMU and achieved a distinction in 2008.
I mainly teach on the BA Primary Education and PG Primary Education programmes.
My research interests are focussed on the teaching of reading. I am interested in the significance of fluency in reading progress and the impact of enjoyment on attainment. In particular, I am interested in the impact of the Rose Report on the teaching of reading and how successful it has been in creating readers that choose to read. I am starting my PhD in autumn 2015 and will initially be exploring how schools that are judged to have good /outstanding reading outcomes teach reading comprehension.