I graduated with a BEd (Movement Specialist) from Liverpool John Moore's University in 1994, and have maintained an interest in creative approaches to teaching and learning throughout my career.
I took up my first teaching post in Derby at a large inner city primary school where I was the Head of Early Years and Key Stage 1. I have taught across the full primary age range in a variety of schools across Derby. I moved to the University of Derby in 2003 to work in Initial Teacher Education where I was the Programme Leader for the Primary Education course.
I have taught in primary schools in the Gambia and in the Teacher Training College for Gambian teachers, and have taken students on trips to the Gambia to widen their experiences and understanding of education.
I have been a visiting lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama, leading workshops which explore 'Mantle of the Expert' as an holistic approach to teaching and learning.
In 2008 I was approached by the Director of Curriculum, at QCDA and was asked to work with the Primary Review team with Sir Jim Rose. This offered me the opportunity to work in policy making, advising central government on curriculum ideologies and additionally to lead a national research project looking at the impact of new curricula ideas on learning.
Now, as the Head of Initial Teacher Education I am thrilled to be working with teachers of the future Education is a life chance and we work with our trainee teachers to help them to be the best teachers they can be.
I was involved in a COMENIUS project from 2006 - 2009 'Kleine Helden in Not' or 'Small Heroes in Trouble' which focussed on Boys in Education from a European perspective. This project grew from a small piece of regional research, to a wide scale project working with 12 European countries leading to several publications, a practical teaching course and a website. This has lead to a new project EDucation and GEnder, where alongside 12 other countries, we are exploring aspects of gender that impact on education.
I have additional interests in the arts in education, behaviour management and curriculum design where I have published book and chapters.
Shelton, F and Holz, O. (2014) International Conference and Workshop on Education and Gender, Izmir, Turkey
Shelton, F. (2013) Innovating the Independence in the Independent Study: Creating a pedagogical tool to enhance student engagament in research activity, HEA Seminar Series, University of Derby
Shelton, F. (2013) Gender Stereotypes and Boys in Education, Derby City Council Gender and Diversity Forum
Shelton F. (2012) Lecture Capture: Student Capture, LTA Conference; Buxton
Shelton F, (2013) Lecture Capture: Student Capture, Media Enhanced Learning SIG
Shelton, F., (2009), Creativity in the Curriculum, North Lincolnshire Council
Shelton, F., (2009), The Primary Curriculum, Assistant Head Teachers' Conference, Derby and Nottingham
Shelton, F., (2009), The Arts in Primary Education, D4LC, Norfolk
Shelton, F. and Orrow-Whiting, M., (2009), What is Curriculum? AERA, San Diego
I am currently working with an international research group where we are exploring Education and Gender. The research considers how young people, aged 12 - 16, construct their gender identities and how these compare from a range of perspectives with the different countries involved.
Additional interests and activities
Since 1998 I have worked with the Youth and Community Theatre groups at the former Derby Playhouse, now Derby Theatre.
I have worked with the Youth Theatre as a movement director, choreographer and Deputy Stage manager. In the Community Theatre I am an actor and have taken part in many productions at Derby Theatre.
In 2006 I was delighted to take a small piece of theatre 'The Yellow Wallpaper' to the Buxton and Edinburgh Festivals. I am very proud to be a Friend of Women's Work, a charity in Derby which supports women with complex needs.
Shelton, F. and Holz, O. (2014) Education and Gender: Reflecting on the Edge in M. Jarecka-Zyluk, O. Holz (Eds.), Gender and Education from Different Angles, Munich: Lit Verlag.
Holz, O. and Shelton, F., (2013), EDucation and GEnder: Gender-specific education in different countries, Historical aspects - Current trends, Munich: Waxmann.
Shelton, F. (2013). Upsetting the Apple Cart: Overachieving girls, underachieving boys? in Holz, O. and Shelton, F., (2013), EDucation and GEnder: Gender-specific education in different countries, Historical aspects - Current trends, Munich: Waxmann.
Holz, O. and Shelton, F., (2010),Transformationsprozesse im europäischen Bildungsraum: Festschrift zum 60. Gerburtstag von Renate Seebauer - Transformational Processes in the European Educational Space: Festival writings for the 60th Birthday of Renate Seebauer, Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovač.
Shelton, F., (2010), The Arts in Primary Education Multiple Meanings and Critical Pedagogy in Holz, O. and Shelton, F. (2010),Transformationsprozesse im europäischen Bildungsraum: Festschrift zum 60. Gerburtstag von Renate Seebauer - Transformational Processes in the European Educational Space: Festival writings for the 60th Birthday of Renate Seebauer, Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovač
QCDA, (2009), Primary curriculum review - Curriculum reform consultation report to the DCSF, available from the Department of Education website.
Shelton, F., (2009), 'The Factory' in Teaching Resources to Overcome Boy Specific Challenges in Primary Schools,Holz, O. and Dragestein, B. (Eds),Comenius 2.1
Shelton. F., (2009), 'Smelly Feet' in Teaching Resources to Overcome Boy Specific Challenges in Primary Schools,Holz, O. and Dragestein, B. (Eds),Comenius 2.1
Shelton. F., (2009), 'What is a Man - What is Masculinity?' in Teaching Resources to Overcome Boy Specific Challenges in Primary Schools, Holz, O. and Dragestein, B. (Eds), Comenius 2.1
Shelton, F. and Brownhill, S.P. (2008), Effective Behaviour Management in the Primary School, Berkshire, Open University Press
Shelton, F., (2008), Too Cool for School in Holz, O. (Ed) (2008), Pedagogic Approaches to Teaching and Learning with Boys - A European Perspective; Munich, Waxmann
Brownhill, S.P., Shelton, F. and Gratton, C., (2006), 101 Essential Lists on Managing Behaviour in the Early Years, London, Continuum
Shelton, F., (2005), 'One Question is Worth a Thousand Answers' inPhilosopheieren mit Kindern mit und ohne Behinderung, Kregcjk, K. (2005), Vienna, Lit Verlag