Mr Paul Gurton

Senior Lecturer Primary Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323254 Location: Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Primary Education


Paul is a Teacher Educator leading on primary Research and Professional studies modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate primary teaching courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the University of Wolverhampton. 

Paul’s research interests have focused on reading acquisition, primary language learning and philosophy for children.  He has previously been co-ordinator for a programme of exchange placements for primary teacher education students from Belgium and Spain and speaks several languages. He taught in international education for five years in Italy and Greece.

Paul has published chapters in several books and has presented papers at national and international conferences and recently completed a scoping exercise for a national media organisation focussed on early reading.

Prior to becoming a senior lecturer, Paul taught in primary schools in London, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire where he was a primary teacher and head teacher. He has extensive experience of teaching across different age ranges.


  • M.A. in Education, with distinction (2011) University of Wolverhampton
  • PGCE in Primary Education (1988) University of Surrey
  • M.A. (Hons) Ancient Greek (1986) University of Edinburgh
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) awarded 2003



  • Gurton, P. (2014) Teaching Children Other Languages in Smith, P. & Dawes, L. (Eds) Subject teaching in Primary Education, London: Sage
  • Gurton, P. & Mycroft, L. (2011) Using reflection to develop creativity in your classroom in McGregor, D. & Cartwright, L. (Eds) Developing Reflective Practice – a guide for beginning teachers. OUP: McGraw-Hill
  • The Mill and Engine House at Warwick Castle: a booklet of curriculum related resources and worksheets for primary teachers, published by Tussauds’ Group, London, 2002 (with Neville Brody & Katherine Clements).

Conference Presentations:

  • Gurton P. (2011) Developing Sustainable Landscapes: A Mid-Point Evaluation of a Regio Comenius Project to Develop the Use of Outdoor Learning in Primary and Special Education in Schools in Walsall, West Midlands, UK and Kefalonia, Greece. Paper presented at ATINER (Athes Institute for Education & Research) 2011, Athens.
  • Gurton, P. & Wallis, T. (2010) The Dual Carriageway: an efficacious model for working with teacher trainees and mentors on new initiatives. Paper presented to the 1st TEAN (Teacher Education Advancement Network) Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Gurton P., Lambert, M. & Ahir B. (2009) ‘Marking by numbers’ – a reflection on the practice of ‘blind marking’ in an undergraduate HE module. Paper presented at University of Wolverhampton, School of Education Research Conference.
  • Gurton P. & Mycroft L. (2008) ‘Learning and Assessment through Individual Learning Journals’. Paper presented at Assessment in HE Conference, University of Cumbria.
  • Gurton P. (2007) ‘Researching or reflecting?’ – using classroom based research as a focus for professional development of trainee teachers. Paper presented at University of Wolverhampton, School of Education Research Conference.

Previous professional experience

  • 2014 Sept – current:  Senior Lecturer Primary Initial Teacher Education
  • 2014 Jan – August: Principal Lecturer, Acting Head of Department, Primary Initial Teacher Education
  • 2006 – 2014 (Jan): Senior Lecturer Primary Initial Teacher Education
  • 2003 – 2006:  Primary school  Head Teacher
  • 2000-2003: Primary school Deputy Head Teacher
  • 1988 – 2000: Primary School Teacher

Further information

Chair of Governors, Lillington Primary School, Leamington Spa