Emma Clarke
Senior Lecturer Primary - 7 – 11 Cohort Leader PGCE
School of Teacher Development

Senior Lecturer Primary – 7 – 11 Cohort Leader PGCE

Emma joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2015 after 17 years as a primary school teacher, where her roles included coordinating maths and ICT. She also undertook work in establishing nurture groups and has had experience in pupil referral units.


Emma teaches on a range of modules offered on the PGCE, where she is 7 – 11 Cohort Leader, as well as undertaking teaching on the undergraduate programmes. Her teaching interests include managing challenging behaviour, science and maths, as well as research skills.


Emma is completing PhD with the University of Northampton. Her research focuses on how whole school issues and teaching assistants’ personal views affect how they choose to manage behaviour. She is sampling views of teaching assistants through questionnaires, focus groups and interviews, and is particularly interested in research methodologies. Her Masters’ degree in Education focused on managing challenging behaviour. In addition, she peer reviews articles for the TEAN journal and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Clarke, E. & Visser, J. (2016). How do teaching assistants view their role in managing behaviour and cultivate their learning and understanding in relation to managing behaviour? TEAN Journal, 9(1), 66-79

Clarke, E. & Visser, J. (2016). Teaching Assistants managing behaviour – who knows how they do it? A review of literature. Support for Learning, 31(4), 266-280