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Diana is a Senior Lecturer in ICE. Having completed an B.Ed (Honours) degree at the University of Leeds, she then went onto complete a diploma in Primary Studies in Education (DPSE) Primary and has just completed and graduated with a Masters in English as as Additional Language and Education at University of Leeds.

Diana joined Leeds Trinity University in September 2015 where she began her role as Senior Lecturer. Before undertaking her role at Leeds Trinity, Diana worked in a variety of educational settings with a wide range of roles and responsibilities. Most recently she worked as a Primary School Headteacher where she was responsible for leading and managing three Leeds different primary schools over 17 years, all at times when they were facing periods of change and improvement. Before that she worked as a primary teacher where she gained a full range of classroom experience.  Diana has also worked as a Child Protection trainer and Mathematics Advisory Teacher. for Leeds Education Authority. The latter was one year secondment training teachers, support staff and governors. She has also been a Link Tutor for Bradford College on their Primary BA (QTS), PGCE and YITSA courses and a Primary PGCE Link Tutor for Leeds University. In these roles Diana had the responsibility of working with and supporting Primary teaching students in schools whilst on Placement.

Research interests

Diana has a specific interest and expertise in NTE/EAL Learners, EYFS and ORACY. Her research areas are EAL, ORACY and Early Years. She was recently involved in a research/consultancy project related to the Induction of New to English Children into Primary Classrooms which she researched for her MA. EALE dissertation 

As part of this research for the MA EALE, Diana undertook work with two Leeds Primary Schools related to the induction of and support for new to English children who arrive in school with little or no English in lower Key Stage 2.  The two schools had different contexts and had different approaches to this work.  The research involved visiting the schools, observing teaching and learning, analysing data and interviewing staff and children to try to ascertain what works when trying to ensure that these children settle well and quickly make progress in terms of not only their English language learning but also their learning of the English curriculum.  The study ran through a full academic year.

Teaching and Administration

Diana teaches a variety of modules across the Primary Education Undergraduate course. These modules are:

  • Level 4 Understanding Learners and Learning

  • Level 4 Professional Learning and Development
  • Level 5 Meeting Individual Needs

  • Level 5 Developing Professional Practice

  • Level 6 Creativity

  • Level 6 PELTA



Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, English as an Additional Language and Education, University of Leeds

1 Sept 20141 Sept 2016

Award Date: 14 Dec 2016

Bachelor of Education, B.Ed (Honours), University of Leeds

Award Date: 30 Jul 1980

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA23 - Education


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