I completed my BA degree in Culture, Literature and Politics at the UEA (2008-11 – First Class) and my MA in Media and Cultural Politics (2013-14 – Distinction), before starting my fully-funded doctorate at the school of Education and Lifelong Learning (2015-). In between and during my studies I have worked in two secondary schools: firstly, as a learning support assistant, and secondly, as the first academic mentor in a new free school in Norwich, where I established and developed a mentoring programme for both lower school and sixth form students.
Key Research Interests
Provisional Title: Reform, Resistance, Reality: Tracking GCSE English Reform from Whitehall to the Classroom.
My research is concerned with the most recent reforms to secondary school GCSE English and aims to develop an ideational and ethnographic reading of the reforms. It is particularly interested in the logic and intellectual underpinnings to the 2010 Coalition government’s, reforms, including the discourses around 'cultural literacy' and 'evidence-based' teaching methods within the British policy context. Utilising an ethnographic approach within a single secondary school, my research also aims to test policymakers’ conceptions of English as a subject, and their views about the role of English teachers, by interviewing a range of school leaders and teachers. The research will comment on how the educational reform process develops once it enters into the full reality of a school environment, and where antagonisms appear or resistance occurs. Finally, because of its focus on the English curriculum, the research is concerned with broader questions about the study of arts and culture in schools in the 21stentury.
I also have an interest in the following areas:
Political discourse theory
I have teaching experience in both the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, and Politics. This includes leading seminars, taking tutorials, and formative and summative marking.
I am a PGR Rep for Education and sit on a number of committees at school and faculty level.
Enacting Governance in UK Schools: Governmentality, Power and the Pupil Premium Policy (August 2016 conference paper)