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Graham Robertson

Senior Lecturer

Department of Early Childhood & Education , School of Education and Communities

Areas Of Interest

Alternative approaches to schooling and curriculum; Barriers to effective learning; Behaviour management and communication skills; therapeutic teaching and learning; horticulture as a vehicle for engagement and learning; Leo Tolstoy's writing on education; Foucauldian thought.

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I have wide experience in education teaching children, teenagers and adults since 1987. I taught in primary schools, (1987-1996), and as a Headteacher (1996-2001). Taught in secondary education, (2001 - 2013) - in a secondary modern, a Key Stage 4 PRU, (2001-2003), and managed a Learning Support Unit in a large Inner London comprehensive school, (2003 - 2013). I have been an accredited External Adviser for headteacher performance and a teacher Threshold Assessor. I have been a Local Authority Lead for the National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour & Attendance. I hold a BA (Hons) in Humanities, an MA in Education, a PGCE, an Advanced Diploma in Educational Management, Diplomas in Psychology and Religious Studies. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have been a Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London in the Department of Educational Studies and joined UEL as a senior lecturer in September 2013. I have written and taught many modules for both on campus and eLearning on the BA Special Education; and contribute lectures in other undergraduate and MA programmes.

Other scholarly activities

ACP of the College of Preceptors; Professional Associate Member of the NAHT; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Activities and responsibilities

  • Since 2014 - Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Special Education.
  • Engaged on part-time PhD research concerning Foucauldian Approaches to Education


  • Robertson, G. (2007) 'Seeding Success' - engaging troubled students. Vol 14, No.1, 2007 in 'Human Givens' (Journal of the Human Givens Institute).
  • Robertson, G. (2007) 'Engaging Troubled Students'. Journal of Social & Therapeutic Horticulture. Issue 110, Winter 2007.
  • Robertson, G. (2014) 'People Plant Relationships'. Juno. May 2014. 
  • Robertson, G. (2014) 'Promoting Social, Emotional, Behavioural & Mental Health in Childhood Education'.  'Student Voice in the context of a learning support unit'. University of Portsmouth symposium.   
  • Robertson, G. (2015) 'Student voice at the 'heart of learning'' Research in Teacher Education, 5(1). 27-32.
  • Robertson, G. (2016) Alternative Approaches to Teaching: Tolstoy's thinking on teaching and learning and its relevance for today. Research in Teacher Education. Vol. 6, No.1,May 2016.
  • Robertson, G. (2017) 'Creative Schools'. Book review. Research in Teacher Education. Vol. 7. No.1. May 2017.
  • Robertson, G. (2018) Issues in Teaching & Learning: Student Retention in Higher Education. Research in Teacher Education. Vol. 8. No.1. Nov. 2018.
  • Robertson, G. (2018) Understanding the Danish Forest School approach. Book Review. Vol. 8. Nov. 2018.
  • UEL - (2018) UEL Research in Progress Symposium. Fearless Speech & the School. Social Sciences. 2018
  • UEL - (2018) 'The Double Helix: Innovation v Outcomes'. Teaching Informed Research Showcase.  Understanding the Adult Learner - Retention in Higher Education.
  • Robertson, G. (2021) Modalities of Parrhesia. Crossing Conceptual Boundaries. Vol. Xl, Winter 2021.


Since 2019

  • ED4003 - Therapeutic Teaching & Learning.
  • ED6004 - Alternative Education Provisions.
  • ED4074 - SEND Code of Practice.
  • ED4075 - Special Education Practice 2.