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Personal Statement

Lesley graduated with a B.Ed and Merit in teaching practice from Jordanhill College of Education. She began her teaching career in Glasgow City Council.  During this time she was seconded to coordinate a school based Environmental project in sixty Primary schools across the city and worked with BBC Scotland to write and pilot a Citizenship Education Programme.

 She took up the position of Senior Teacher in East Renfrewshire, where she later became Assistant Head Teacher and then Depute Head Teacher. During this time, she was involved in the Scottish Government, 'New Community Schools initiative', which provided her with the experience of working and leading on a number of integrated projects to promote social inclusion and to raise educational standards. This resulted in opportunities to share good practice at National conferences, contribute to online National Health Promotion networks and work with a range of agencies and other professionals to support children and family learning. 

Lesley was then seconded to Strathclyde University as a Teaching Fellow in 2007, based at Jordanhill campus. Lesley has contributed to a numer of modules over the PGDE Primary course,  BAPE course and MSc Education Studies course. She has  been a member of the PGDE management team and over several years, has concentrated her invovement in developing and sustaining partnerships with Senior Managers and teachers in local authorities to enhance the student placement experience .

 Lesley has also undertaken the role as coordinator for the PGDE Primary International programme, recruiting, interviewing and supporting international students and led the Year One Maths Module for undergraduate students.

Currently, she is Module leader for : BA3 Pedagogy and Placement Learning , PGDE Literacy, MSc Putting Theory into Practice and MSc Professionalism & Professional Learning. Over the last couple of years, she has worked with colleagues to develop and lead a new vocational programme for Senior-phase Secondary pupils as an 'Introduction to Teaching', working with local authorities.

Lesley leads residental weekend programmes for PGDE and BA students on Outdoor Learning and is the co-ordinator for the student experince on Values-led leadership, in partnership with Columba 1400.

She has recently been appointed as the External Examiner for Univerity of West of Scotland, BA programme. 



Research Interests

Post Teaching Scotland's Future (Donaldson,2011) the National Implementation Board has been tasked with the monitoring partnership arrangements in the Early Phase of Teacher Education.

Lesley has been involved in Strathclyde Enhanced Partnership Initiative, in the pilot year, contributing to the University Evaluation and now in developing and rolling out the programmes with Local Authorities. 

The partnership approaches and the student teachers' school experience provide the focus for Lesley's current research interest.

Teaching Interests

  • PGDE Placement Learning
  • Module leader of BAPE 3 Pedagogy and Placement Learning
  • Leader of PGDE Literacy module
  • PGDE Maths module
  • BA2 Pedagogy and Placement Learning
  • BA4 Pedagogy and Placement Learning
  • MSc Education Studies: Putting theory into prcatice for wok-based learning
  • MSc Education Studies: Professionalism and Professional Learning 

Academic / Professional qualifications


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