I am a professional. What does that mean? I am an educator, a teacher, a leader. I am a researcher. As I embark on my doctorate journey, I hope to be able to articulate what it means to be a professional in the field of education and how I can influence the education system.

I've been a teacher for 35 years - in the London boroughs of Hillingdon, Croydon, Sutton, and now in Surrey. I've been a head teacher since 2001 and became a National Leader of Education in 2012. I've led a Teaching School, believing that we can influence our education system through supporting teachers.

We have a fragmented education system that is heavily criticised by the media and constantly meddled with by politicians. Our schools are challenged by underfunding and external pressures within a framework of accountability (quite rightly - it's public money) that does not work for every school.

My initial proposal for a research question was: What are effective governance structures that support school improvement in a multi-academy trust? This will inevitably change over the next few years as I work on my research. Follow my journey through the EdD. I hope there may be something on this site that is of use to you, and I hope that I will get some feedback on my academic thinking that will benefit my research.

I am proud to be a research student at the Institute of Education (IoE) at University College London (UCL). The Education EdD is a research degree for experienced professionals from education. It is a part-time degree, normally 5 - 7 years. There is an assessed taught element, an Institution Focused Study (unique to the UCL IoE EdD programme) and a thesis, making a distinct contribution to the knowledge in the field of study.


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I have posted an update to my EdD doctorate journey on my blog:
I've calculated that I've written 42,800 words so far! Anyone interested in an EdD might like to take a look.

Congratulations to Kelise who will be studying Psychology at @UniOfSurrey, Miriam who will be studying Social Science at @RoyalHolloway, and to Hannah who will be studying Nursing at @MiddlesexUni.

Well done to these 3! 👏🏼

@woodcotehigh #WeAreWoodcote #6thAtWHS #ALevels2022

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  • Getting over bad/limited advice – journal article introductions 8th July 2024
    How do you start off a journal article – well, let’s say a conventional journal article*?   I’ve  recently seen the important opening move of a paper described as “ introduce the larger subject, then narrow that larger subject into your topic”, … Continue reading →

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  • Why you can’t get ChattieG to ‘sound good’. 14th July 2024
    For about 10 years now, I’ve had a profitable side hustle teaching writing. ANU has a generous external consulting policy, which means I can fly all over the country, and the world, teaching academics to be better writers. With the invention of ChatGPT (or as my sister Anitra dubbed it, ChattieG), I expected this work […]