Prior to joining the School of Education in 2022, I taught in a secondary school in Scotland for more than 20 years, this included leadership and local authority roles. As a Senior Education Officer for GTC Scotland, I worked across various remits including, ITE accreditation, Research and Professional Learning and was primary investigator for the refreshed Professional Standards for teachers. While employed by GTC Scotland, I was also seconded to the Scottish Government to support data collection for the National Improvement Framework.
I am Head of Postgraduate (Taught) and Professional Learning in the School of Education, where I co-ordinate the Postgraduate portfolio and lead and manage a team of academics. I teach in the area of leadership, in particular school leadership.
I am a life-long learner and have a deep love of learning. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated an absolute commitment to the development of the teaching profession and teacher professionalism. My research is focused on educational policy and teacher professionalism, and I am particularly interested in how teachers engage with and enact policy through the lens of teacher professionalism.
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External Change Agents in Professional Learning: The Case of the General Teaching Council ScotlandThe Palgrave Handbook of Teacher Education Research. Palgrave Macmillan, 26 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
From Student to Employed Teacher.Mentoring Teachers in Scotland: A Practical Guide. Eady, S., Essex, J., Livingston, K., McColl, M. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 31-45, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters