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Lisa is an Associate Principal Lecturer in Secondary Education. After completing a degree in French and German from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne she then went onto complete a PGCE Secondary (French) from Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds. In July 2016, Lisa was awarded a Distinction in her  MA in Education  at Leeds Trinity University. Her MA thesis argued the case for MFL within the secondary curriculum, exploring the work of John Dewey.


Lisa joined Leeds Trinity University as Lead Tutor for PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in 2013. Before she joined Leeds Trinity University permanently she was a visiting lecturer at the university between 2010 and 2013. In her role as a vising lecturer she worked on PGCE interviews, as a Link Tutor and also provided input for the Modern Foreign Language (MFL) PGCE course.  Throughout her career Lisa has worked in a variety of secondary schools undertaking a wide range of responsibilities. Most recently she has worked as a Curriculum Leader for MFL at Skipton Girls High School. Her responsibilities included leadership of the MFL curriculum, leading the MFL department’s, performance management and mentoring trainee teachers and NQTs. Previously, Lisa worked as the Head of MFL at Joseph Rowntree School in York, the Head of MFL at Harrogate High School and the Head of MFL at St Joseph’s College, Bradford. She has also worked as a Teacher of MFL at the Holy Family School, Keighley. While in this role, Lisa worked as Curriculum Leader for Spanish and responsibility for primary links, induction and Assistant Head of Year.


Teaching and Administration

Lisa teaches on a couple of modules on the PGCE courses. She teaches PGCE Secondary MFL and Professional Learning and Teaching for the 21st Century (EAL: English as an Additional Language input).

Research interests

Lisa has a specific interest and expertise in PGCE Secondary MFL, Primary languages and English as an Additional Language (EAL). Her current research areas are MFL uptake, educational philosophy, EAL, Assessment for Learning and Questioning and Feedback. Lisa is currently developing a course that will run at Leeds Trinity University or with partner organisations. This course is to provide NQT support.

Lisa is a member of the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and can be consulted by external organisations and professionals on a number of topic areas. These areas are Language trends and MFL transition from primary to secondary school. She has attended conferences and presented professional presentations at the MFL Show and Tell (ALL) conference.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, MA in Education

Oct 201430 Apr 2016

Award Date: 19 Jul 2016

PGCE, PGCE Secondary in French

1 Sept 199430 Jun 1995

Award Date: 14 Jul 1995

Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours in French and German, Newcastle University

1 Oct 19901 Jun 1994

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

External positions

Visiting Examiner for AS & A2 French Speaking, AQA

Dec 2014 → …

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA23 - Education


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