Mrs Tracey Sheldon

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323195 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Secondary Education


I began my career as a secondary teacher of French and Spanish and worked in a variety of schools in the West Midlands in this role. Other teaching experience includes lecturing French at undergraduate level and in initial teacher education in primary languages. A period working in theatre in education gave a fascinating perspective on learning outside of the classroom.

I am currently completing a dissertation for a Master’s degree on the educational attainment of children from single-parent families. Other potential research interests include sociolinguistics; in particular the relation between social class and regional variations of English and other European languages.


  • Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - Distinction
  • PGDip Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • PGCE Secondary MFL - University of Birmingham
  • BA (Joint Hons) French and Spanish - Cardiff University

Previous professional experience

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education, University of Wolverhampton

I lead the initial teacher education (ITE) pathways for secondary modern foreign languages which involves planning, teaching and assessing modules in subject-specific pedagogy and in professional development at both levels 6 and 7. I am personal tutor for all MFL trainee teachers and oversee all aspects of their training in university and in school. 

I trained as a secondary teacher of French and Spanish and worked in a variety of schools in the West Midlands in this role. After a period away from the classroom setting up and running a theatre company specialising in educational productions, I began work as a lecturer in French at undergraduate level in two local universities. My first post in initial teacher education was at a third university in the region and involved creating and introducing languages modules for BA and PGCE Primary Education programmes. I took up the position of Pathway Leader of Secondary Modern Foreign Languages at University of Wolverhampton in September 2014.