Mr Mike Alcock

Lecturer of Primary Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 322056 Location: Room WE016, WE Building, Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Primary Education


I am an experiences teacher who has taught in all year groups. I have been teaching for 7 years and have worked in a large challenging school in East London as well as a smaller school in Birmingham. I have spent the last 3 years as a member of the leadership team within the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership where I have been teaching my own class as well as coaching and mentoring staff to develop teaching and learning.

I am passionate about creating a safe, fun and respectful environment were children take responsibility for their own learning, whilst being challenged to achieve their own personal best. I use a blend of humour and clear behaviour strategies to form quick strong relationships with staff and children to create a strong working environment. I have experience working in prison delivering mentoring and parental workshops were clear boundaries need to be established quickly. I have taken many of these strategies into my own practice. I also am active in an African charity which involves work with the poorest communities in the world. This experience helps me to motivate my students and develop rounded students who appreciate all the opportunities we have.


Establishment:                 University of Cumbria

Dates:                             01/10/04 – 01/08/08

Degree:                           BA (hons) Primary Education with QTS

Awarding body:                University of Cumbia

Class:                             2:1


Establishment:                  Lancaster and Morcambe College

Date:                               01/08/03 – 23/06/04

Course:                            Access to higher education

Awarding body:                 Lancaster and Morcambe College

Grade:                             Pass



Previous professional experience

Current appointment [01/07/15]

Faculty of Education and Health, Lecturer of Primary Education.   

Appointed as a lecturer of primary education my main responsibilities include researching, planning and delivering lectures and seminars in a range of modules to develop undergraduate and post graduate trainees. In addition I am responsible for supporting and observing trainees during attachments, this extends to engaging in individual and group tutorials. Finally I am engaging in research which currently involves extensive reading in a range of areas of interest.

Employment history 

01/09/12 – 01/01/14     Mere Green Primary School (Arthur Terry Academy) Birmingham B75 5BL

Leadership team, Literacy leader and class teacher.

During my time at Mere Green Primary School I have taught years 6 and 5. However, I worked across all year groups coaching, mentoring teachers, particularly in English. The school is a one form entry school with over 20 places for children with specific speech and language barriers. Surrounded by an affluent area, Mere Green Primary serves a large council estate which resulted in a broad range of socio-economic needs.

As well as being a class teacher I was a member of the leadership team with responsibility for English. Working as part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, I have delivered and supported other teachers and leaders across 4 primary schools.


01/06/08 – 01/08/12 Curwen Primary School, Atlas Road, Plaistow, London E13OAG

Class teacher, Humanities coordinator, PE manager and school based tutor for PGCS students

Working in a school which developed from 2 form into 4 form entry has allowed me to work with a growing number of children and a wider range of staff. I taught in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 working with streamed ability groups which challenged me to meet the needs of more able children and ensure quality learning experiences for lower ability groups and S.E.N.D groups. The school was set in a socio economically deprived area which meant developing a teaching approach to nurture all aspects of the children’s development. During my time at the school we progressed to outstanding and became a national leader in education provider.


Further information

Member of the UK core team for an African Charity:

Over the last 10 years I have travelled to South Africa and Swaziland working with the charity Hands at Work. I have become passionate about the work that they do in the poorest communities in the world and am now involved in the strategic development of the UK office.

Swinfen Hall HMP volunteer:

I have worked alongside the pastoral team working with young men who are serving time in prison. I have become involved in running workshops to support fathers in prison and offering counselling and mentoring.