As a researcher
I have a range of research skills, developed primarily through completing a PhD at the University of Warwick in 2017. In particular I have
- undertaken an extensive literature review into the teaching of Shakespeare; pedagogy; initial teacher training and teacher continuing professional development; and the role, use and challenges of research and evidence in education;
- developed, managed and analysed small scale quantitative surveys;
- conducted a number of qualitative interviews, both face-to-face and by telephone; and
- analysed data using a range of analysis methods but with a particular focus on hermeneutic phenomenology.
Presentations at conferences
I have presented research findings at NATE (the National Association for the Teachers of English) in June 2015, IFTE (the International Federation of the Teachers of English) in New York in July 2015, a Shakespeare and Education Conference at the University of Brighton in April 2016 and, most recently, in Singapore in October 2018 at a Dulwich College International headteachers' conference.
I have been frequently commissioned as a freelancer to research and present findings and recommendations on a range of issues and initiatives. I have conducted research through analysis of materials, surveys, focus groups and face-to-face and telephone interviews. Clients have included:
- Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority;
- Royal Shakespeare Company;
- Culture, Creativity and Education (CCE);
- Intermission Youth Theatre
More detailed information is available on the about me page.