I retired, in July 2016, from my post as a Lecturer in the L4LW/Learning Support Department at the University of Derby, Buxton, where I taught Functional Skills and other educational programmes. I specialised in the teaching of adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. I worked in the above Department (known previously as Step Two) from April 2004 to July 2016. The main Certificate and Diploma courses which I taught included: Full Cost Recovery (FCR), Functional Skills (Maths., Eng. & ICT), AIM, Edexcel, NPTC and ASDAN.
I have retained my post as a Lecturer (part time, temporary / as required) at the University of Derby Online (UDOL), supporting students completing 'Independent Studies'/MA Research Dissertations in Education.
I have retained the honorary title 'Principal University Lecturer'.
Previously, I worked in mainstream primary and middle schools for 33.5 years, including 18.5 years as a primary school headteacher.
Lecturer for students completing 'Independent Studies' / MA Research Dissertations in Education online (UDOL). I have supported seven students successfully in completing MA Dissertations between the years 2012 and 2016. I remain available to support further students in this area.
Several presentations to staff in my Department:
- Diagnostic Assessment, M1-M6 Paper-based Systems (October 2006)
- Diagnostic Assesment, M7-L2 Interactive/Electronic Systems (September 2007)
- Diagnostic Assessment, M1-L1 and Individual Learning Plan Targeting (September 2008)
- The New Learning Gateway Materials (September 2009)
Additional interests and activities
My book, Inspirational Ideas (Authorhouse 2009, Second Edition) was the subject of a review in Education Today, Vol. 61, No.4, Winter 2011 (p.31) by Antony Luby and contained the following comments :-
This second edition of Inspirational Ideas is a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of anyone who has responsibility for assembly in either primary or secondary schools. It is easy to picture hard-pressed colleagues being grateful to the author for distilling his years of practical inspiration into this work.
My novel, Concerto (Authorhouse 2016) is a human story with a musical context. The first part is based on the historical facts surrounding the contrasting arrivals in New York, over a century ago, of two of the finest performers of their day (Mahler as conductor and Rachmaninov as concert pianist and composer) and a celebrated performance of a Concerto. This is a fictional account of what might have occurred, based on the known historical facts. The remainder of the book consists of an imaginary account of the marathon journey of a fictitious character, named Kenneth Evanson, as an aspiring conductor. The climax is the centenary performance of the Concerto, together with the resolution of dilemnas concerning other people in his life. Two, shadowy figures provide commentary on the unfolding events of this tale.