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Miss Leigh Worrall

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Professional biography

Leigh Worrall is the PGCE Curriclum Tutor for English and English with Drama and / or Media in the Faculty for Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS). 

She joined The Open University in July 2021 as Curriculum Tutor for English as part of the extending range of subjects being offered by the OU part time and salaried routes into teaching. 

Before becoming English Curriculum Tutor she worked for 15 years as an English teacher in a number of varying secondary school across South Wales, taking on a range of leadership roles from Subject Leader for English to Head of Sixth Form over that time. She has a joint honours degree in English and History from Cardiff Univerisity and a MA in Education Leadership (Distinction) from Cardiff Metropolitan Univerisity. 

Her research interests lie in developing student-centered pedagogies, building learner resilience and examining pedagogical approaches to online or remote learning. She also has a keen interest in exploring how the Curriculum for Wales is being adopted by schools and specifically with regard to the Areas of Learning and Experience: Language, Literacy and Communication as well as the Expressive Arts.   This role has triggered a keen interest in examining the role of the mentor in ITE and how to raise the profile of that role within the context of the reformed approaches to ITE provision in Wales. 

Having grown up and lived overseas both in South Africa and Brazil, she has a keen personal interest in examining approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum development and reform and ITE from an international perspective. 

Research interests

Resilience with regard to learners, teachers and pedagogy 

Student-centered pedagogies 

Adapting pedagogy for online / remote teaching 

Mentoring for ITE 

International approaches to teacher education, pedagogy and curriculum development 

Curriculum for Wales reform 

Philosophy for Children 

Teaching interests

English, Media and Drama teaching and Learning 

Adaptive pedagogy - resilience 

Teaching and Learning for the Curriculum for Wales 

Assessing pupil progress