Personal profile


My research focuses on a number of aspects of elite education in England. In particular, my Doctoral thesis considered the implications for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in light of the latest Relationships and Sex Education reforms. This used radical constructivism and Bourdieu’s field theory to interrogate the nature and structure of the elite school as a field, and examine intersecting elements of Doxa, Illusio, and Habitus. My Master's research was also grounded in elite institutions, considering turnover antecedents in pastoral middle management.

My fascination with elite schooling in England stems from my experience within it. Having been a science teacher for 20 years, half of this time was spent in the independent boarding schools’ sector, where I worked in a range of leadership posts including Deputy Head.  Within this time, I have also acted as a school governor, worked as a Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of Boarding, and contributed as a reviewer for the Charted College of Teaching.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently teach across the School of Education Languages and Linguistics, working predominantly on the MSc in Educational Leadership and management and Doctor of Education programme, but also collaborate across a number of undergraduate and other postgraduate programmes to share my pedagogical experience as well as my knowledge of working in school management structures. I currently coordinate modules on the MSc Educational Leadership and Management, and Doctor of Education Programmes.

Research Interests

The structure and social make-up (including ethos) of elite schooling

The implementation of RSE in secondary schools

Teacher discomfort within Sex Education

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

iLEAD, Advance HE

4 Dec 202320 Feb 2024

Award Date: 29 Apr 2024

FHEA, Advance HE

Award Date: 11 Apr 2024

EdD, Exploring habitus and agency to inform training pathways for enhancing both delivery and quality of inclusive Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in an English Christian independent boarding school., University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 29 Nov 2022

MSc, Educational Leadership and Management , University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 17 Nov 2015

PGCE, Secondary Science , University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 30 Jul 2005

BSc (Hons), Palaeobiology & Evolution, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 31 Jul 2002

External positions

External panel member for the validation of Graduate Diploma Residential Work (Children’s) , Kingston University

4 Jul 2024

Trustee (Safeguarding), Leehurst Swan School

1 Sept 2023 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • L Education (General)
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • LF Individual institutions (Europe)
  • Ethos
  • Culture
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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