I currently work in the Nottingham Institute of Education at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), I lead the Master’s in Education, supervise doctoral students and teach on the PGCE Secondary Design and Technology.
My research focuses on ‘The value and purpose of design and technology (D&T) education’. From my research I have identified a diverse range of values attributed to D&T by different stakeholders.
I edit the Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School (4th edition – due for publication later in 2020) and host the Talking D&T podcastt.
In 2015 I began facilitating retreats at NTU, and at other universities after completing Professor Rowena Murray‘s Retreat Facilitator training. I also organise retreats in and around Leicestershire and Rutland for academics and teachers.
After graduating from Brunel University in 1992 I spent a year teaching in Pilsen (Czech Republic) at the University of West Bohemia, a secondary and a primary school, mainly English but also electronics to university students. On returning to the UK I taught design and technology in secondary schools for 11 years. During this time I completed my MA and was a lead practitioner for the Specialist Schools Trust.
After teaching in secondary schools I spent four years as a senior manager in further education with responsibility for leading 14-19 curriculum developments in partnerships with over 25 schools across the East Midlands.
You can find my publications online in the following places: