PhD Student

PhD Title: The Translation and Enactment of the Principle of Inclusive Pedagogy by Experienced Teachers.

Tracy said “I am interested in the ways in which staff in schools interpret and respond to learning differences, and make ethical decisions around meeting individual pupil needs, in challenging circumstances.  I am also interested in different organisational and local cultures informing practices in schools globally. My Master Degree from the UCL Institute of Education is in Education, Gender and International Development, for which I completed a dissertation on the ways in which partner schools from the UK and sub-Saharan Africa negotiate ideas about teaching and learning, with one another.

I am completing my research as a part-time, distance-learning student.  I am based in London and work at Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre: an all-age special school, providing education for 240 pupils with a range of complex needs including autism and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

In my current role at Swiss Cottage, I sit on the Senior Leadership Team, leading on research partnerships, and the deployment of a team of Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) to deliver school-to-school support to other schools.  Through this, I am privileged to work with professionals and academics from across the United Kingdom and beyond.  This has given me access to diverse approaches and pedagogies, for enhancing access and inclusion in education.

I decided to study at the University of Aberdeen for a number of reasons.  I am interested in immersing myself in the Scottish school system, as an additional context for my learning and enquiry. Research into inclusive pedagogy from Scottish Universities has also inspired me and I am excited to now be part of the networks which the University of Aberdeen School of Education offers.”