I started my teaching career in 1984, spending 31 years working as a class teacher in Easterhouse and Maryhill, Glasgow before accepting a secondment position at the University of Strathclyde. At the end of this secondment I was offered a permanent position in the School of Education. I have a wealth of school experience across all stages. Within the school setting, I had additional remit for Citizenship across the whole school; with particular responsibility for promoting positive ethos, mental, social and emotional wellbeing and the wider life of the school. I taught Physical Education across the whole school, led annual residential trips to a variety of outdoor education establishments and had responsibility for school sports clubs.
In my role at the University I work enthusiastically with colleagues and module leaders to collaborate on the design and delivery of a range of modules on the BA Primary Education and PGDE courses; using my specific strengths in Primary Physical Education but also my broader knowledge and skills in general education and classroom practice. I have responsibility for leading the Pedagogy and Placement Learning module for PGDE. I play an active role on the management team for the PGDE course and also engage in regular collegiate activity with the wider health and wellbeing team. My particular interest is building teacher confidence in the teaching of Physical Education in the Primary school.
I am proactive in building strong partnership links with primary schools supporting both BA and PGDE students on placement. I encourage staff and pupils from schools on to campus to deliver input, on a range of approaches to pupil voice activities, in student workshops for BA, PGDE and visiting international students. I feel it is important to secure and maintain relevant and meaningful links with a range of partner agencies and to acknowledge the mutual benefits of a partnership approach to teacher education.