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Personal Statement

In August 2012, Lynne joined SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages based at the University of Strathclyde initially on secondment as a Professional Development Officer.  Prior to this, she worked as a primary teacher at schools in West Lothian Council and Dundee City Council for over 13 years, with a whole school remit for the teaching and learning of modern languages throughout.

In her current role, Lynne facilitates a variety of professional learning opportunities for pre-service and in-service primary teachers around early languages education policy and pedagogy.  She has a particular interest in the use of film and visual texts to support the learning and teaching of languages and intercultural awareness.  Lynne's responsibilities include being joint coordinator of Languages Week Scotland, a national week of celebration and advocacy; the redevelopment of the national Languages Leadership Programme and as Pedagogy Lead on the OU-SCILT Teachers Learning to Teach programme.

Alongside, Lynne has taken on roles on the Teacher Leadership Programme offered by Education Scotland’s Professional Learning and Leadership Team (formerly SCEL, the Scottish College of Educational Leadership).  After a secondment as a Programme Tutor 2017-2019, she currently volunteers as Coordinating Critical Friend on the programme, leading the professional learning for the Critical Friends supporting the programme participants.

Lynne holds Professional Recognition: Supporting Teacher Learning from the General Teaching Council Scotland.

Research Interests

Research interests include learner voice, teacher learning and practitioner enquiry.  Lynne's Masters dissertation explored the professional learning experiences of primary and secondary teachers of modern languages in one local authority in Scotland.

Presently working on her EdD thesis, Lynne is using collaborative and creative methods to investigate how teacher leadership is understood and experienced in Scotland. 

Academic / Professional qualifications

2015 Masters in Teaching (MTeach) from the University of Edinburgh

1998 PGCE (Primary Education) with Merit from the University of Paisley

1994 BA (Hons) 2i French and Spanish from the University of Stirling


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