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Prior to joining the School of Education at Leeds Trinity University, I was Associate Professor of Education at Northumbria University and led the Professional Doctorate in Health, Education and Society. Prior to my work at Northumbria University I was Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christchurch University. I came to Initial Teacher Education having had a successful career as a primary school teacher, teaching in Lincoln, Italy, London and Kent. Now as Initial Teacher Education subject lead for Religious Education on undergraduate Primary Education programmes at Leeds Trinity University, I design and teach modules focussed on the role of religion in state education in the England and the way in which religion, society and values intersect. With a research focus on spirituality, I am deeply interested in the intersection between spirituality and professional identity. Alongside my work in Initial Teacher Education, I also teach on Masters, Doctoral and Postgraduate programmes in Education.

Research interests

Working within the School of Education at Leeds Trinity University, I deliver modules in Professional Studies and Curriculum Studies (Religious Education) on Teacher Education Programmes alongside work at UG and PG level in Education more generally. My research has looked at the motivations arising out of spirituality including and exceeding that of recognised faiths and the interplay this has with professional agency. My current research activities examines the links between individual worldviews of education held by early career educators and the alignment of these with corporate worldviews expressed in school settings.  Alongside of this, I am also researching the ways in which spirituality is expressed within the school setting, particularly within the faith school sector.


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