I have taught and subsequently advisedon Englishfor over 32 years. I began my teaching career as an English teacher in a challenging a school in Tipton. I learned a great deal about motivating and engaging pupils here and then moved on to another school, this time in West Bromwich, in order to gain experience in teaching A level and to teach in a more ethnically diverse community. Another school in Great Barr gave me experience at management of assessment systems for English before I became Head of an English department in Dudley. Another move to a Wolverhampton school involved my co-ordination of Literacy across the Curriculum when the national strategies were initiated. This led me to apply for a role as a National Strategy Consultant for Wolverhampton Local Authority, where I advised and supported teachers in Wolverhampton for 10 years before taking up my current position at Wolverhampton University.
I am currently completing a dissertation for a Master’s degree in Education. My particular interests continue to be around assessment in English and the use of moving image to enhance critical reading skills.