I am a Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead for Secondary Religious Education, responsible for all aspects of the planning, delivery and evaluation of the PGCE and School Direct RE programmes, including working with partnership schools across London.
I gained my BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London and following this an MA in Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. After my PGCE. (Institute of Education), I taught in the London Borough of Brent for five years, where I was Head of RE and Classics. During this time I gained a Farmington Institute Millennium Award that enabled me to research inclusion and access in philosophy lessons. I also won a Jerusalem Trust bursary for new writers of Religious Education material. This resulted in the 'Truthseekers' series of books on philosophy of religion.
Taking a break from London life, I taught at both primary and secondary levels for three years in Wellington, New Zealand as a Director of Thinking and Learning, which included responsibility for Gifted and Talented education. I also was an educational consultant, working with schools and associations on thinking skills, the Philosophy for Children programme, questioning skills and enquiry-based learning.
I joined UEL in 2006 and became Programme Leader for Religious Education (Secondary) . I am currently studying for a PhD, looking at pupil and teacher perceptions of challenge and failure.