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Mr Graham Robertson

Senior Lecturer

    I have had wide experience in education teaching children, teenagers and adults since 1987. I taught in primary schools, (1987-1996), and have been a Headteacher of a Primary School, (1996-2001). I 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 beacon comprehensive school, (2003 – 2013).

    I have been an accredited External Adviser for headteacher performance & a teacher Threshold Assessor. I have been a Local Authority Lead for the National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour & Attendance 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, and Programme Leader since 2014.

    I have written & taught on a number of modules for both ‘on-campus’ and ‘eLearning’ students on the BA Special Education; & contribute lectures in other undergraduate and MA programmes.

     BA (Hons); MA; PGCE; ACP; Advanced Dip in Educational Management.


    Engaged upon a PhD entitled, A Foucauldian Approach to Schooling.

    Most recent research

    Adult perceptions of speaking freely and frankly in educational contexts.


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    Robertson, G. (2020) Research in Progress – Modalities of Parrhesia. UEL Crossing Conceptual Boundaries.
    Robertson, G. (2018) Issues in Teaching & Learning: Student Retention in Higher Education. Research in Teacher Education. Vol. 8. No.1. Nov. 2018.
    Robertson, G. Alternative approaches to education: Tolstoy’s thinking on teaching and learning and its relevance for today. Research in teacher Education. Vol.6. No 1. May 2016

    "Seeding Success" - Engaging Troubled Students.

    Robertson, G. 2007. Journal of The Human Givens Institute. Vol 14, No.1.. Human Givens Institute.

    "Engaging Troubled Students". 

    Robertson, G. 2007. Journal of Social & Therapeutic Horticulture. Issue 110. winter. Thrive.

    People Plant Relationships. 

    Robertson, G. 2014. Juno Magazine. May.. Juno.

    Student Voice at the Heart of Learning 

    Robertson, G. 2015. Research in Teacher Education. Vol 5, No.1. UEL. 27-32.

    Alternative Approaches to Education: Tolstoy's thinking on teaching and learning and its relevance for today.

    Robertson, G. 2016. Research in Teacher Education. Vol 6. No.1. UEL. 12-17.



    Special education; 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; Foucault & Leo Tolstoy’s writing on education



    I teach across a number of modules on the BA and MA programmes.

    ED4003 - Therapeutic Teaching & Learning (on campus & elearning)

    ED6004 - Alternative Education Approaches

    ED6000 - Independent Research Module

    I teach on the BA (Hons) Special Education Programme
    MBPsS of British Psychological Society;
    ACP of the College of Preceptors;
    Professional Associate Member of the NAHT
    Fellow - FHEA of the Higher Education Academy