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Qualifications

MA Cantab (English), MA Critical and Cultural Theory, PGCE Secondary (English), MA Education (Leadership and Management)

Experience

22 years in secondary education, of which 13 years were in senior leadership as assistant head, deputy head and acting head
Peer inspector for Estyn

Responsibilities

Course Leader: UNICAF MA Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching)
Course Leader: MA Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching) – on-campus

Publications

BERA 2017 conference paper – ‘Give and Take: An exploration of perspectives on distributed leadership held by secondary head teachers in South Wales’

Memberships

British Educational Research Association

Research

My PhD is exploring the ways in which perceptions of trust, autonomy and accountability are intertwined in secondary education in South Wales. Taking as its starting point the oft-repeated idea that trust between colleagues is a key element of any successful school, the research is focused on interviewing professionals in different areas of the school system to gather and analyse their perspectives and narratives around these three concepts. In particular I am looking at how people work within those accountability structures and systems that have become such an important part of the education landscape, and how these structures impact on their ability to form positive, high-trust professional relationships. I am also exploring teachers’ perceptions of professional autonomy, to see how this element of identity can be maintained and reinforced in the current educational climate.

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