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Over fifteen years experience of working within secondary schools within the north-west as a teacher of religious studies and sociology, middle leader and senior leader. 

Currently undertaking a GTA position involving teaching on the Bachelor of Education course and the BA Secondary Religious Education with QTS course. 

Academic interests include; education and social justice, education policy and disadvataged students and critical thinking within higher education.

My current thesis relates to policy enactment within my home town of Blackpool which was designated as one of six ‘opportunity areas’ in England in October 2016. The policy means that extra investment will be made available, by the government, to schools within Blackpool, to try to raise standards for disadvantaged students. The Department for Education has recognised the need for greater practical and financial support and has identified three priorities; raising attainment and progress in Blackpool schools, improving attendance and reducing exclusions and providing greater support and advice for young people in between school and college / work.

My study will investigate the conditions and events that have led to the formation of this policy and how this policy has been perceived by policy enactors within Blackpool schools. Drawing upon a theoretical framework highly influenced by Pierre Bourdieu, my aim is to gain a better understanding of the complex nature of educational policy and particularly how policy is constructed and implemented. Although Bourdieu did not write anything specifically about education policy, I will show how his theoretical concepts can be productively utilised in policy sociology within education, and his methodological approach can be helpful when researching and understanding education policy.

I will be conducting the research from a critical theoretical perspective and I will try and comprehend how issues relating to habitus, capital and field can affect policy discourse, and how a study of discourse can help me understand how solutions, but also further problems can be created with the formulation of new policies, and to identify why progressive change has been difficult to achieve. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCert, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University

1 Oct 20191 Sept 2020

Award Date: 1 Sept 2020

Education , MA, Education Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University

2 Oct 20162 Oct 2017

Award Date: 2 Oct 2017

Theology and Religious Studies, BA, BA Hons in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Manchester

6 Oct 19946 Oct 1997

Award Date: 6 Oct 1997


  • L Education
  • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion