Ms Debbie Haynes

Subject Leader for Secondary English on ITE programmes

Email address: Phone number: 01902 322876 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Secondary Education


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.

Research interests

  • Teacher education and professional identity
  • Learning theories; assessment; digital technology in Secondary English


PGCE Secondary English and History Birmingham Polytechnic, December 1982.

BA (Joint Hons) Medieval English and History, June 1981.

PGCEHE, July 2017


Fellow of the HEA

Previous professional experience

Willingsworth High School, Sandwell, January 1983 to December 1985. Teacher of English.

Churchfields High School Sandwell, January 1986 to December 1989. Teacher of English.

Dartmouth High School Great Barr, January 1990 – July 1991. KS3 Co-ordinator of English.

The Thorns Community College Dudley, September 1991 to December 1995. Head of English Department.

Highfields School Wolverhampton, January 1997 to August 2003. KS3 English Co-ordinator and Co-ordinator of Literacy across the Curriculum.

Wolverhampton Local Authority, September 2003 to December 2013. Secondary English Consultant.

Coppice Performing Arts School, January 2014 to October 2014. Head of English and Media Department.