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    After teaching languages in secondary schools in Preston and Blackpool, Shirley taught primary pupils French and German in Key stage 2. Since completing her Masters in Educational Psychology, she began working at Edge Hill in 2006 as  course leader for KS2/3 and Secondary Modern Foreign Languages. She has also fulfilled the Secondary year one leader role, supporting students academically and pastorally. She now works in the Faculty of Education as subject lead for primary languages.

    Research interests

    These include language learning outside the classroom, developing a teacher identity and cultural awareness and understanding.

    External engagement

    Shirley runs a Primary languages online "chit chat" meeting, once a term. This is for sharing good practice and supporting school partners, alumni and other colleagues with regards to primary language learning and teaching. 

    She is a HEI forum attendee and a member of ALL (The Association for Language Learning).

    Shirley is working with partner schools in projects to support good teaching and learning in primary languages. She will be working with schools in Uganda in 2024.

    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, Other, M.Ed Educational psychology, University of Manchester

    1 Sept 200518 Dec 2006

    Award Date: 18 Dec 2006

    Education, BA, French, education and linguistics, Lancaster University

    1 Sept 198830 Jun 1992

    Award Date: 30 Jun 1992


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